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Gardai stopped suicide bid by seizing dad's drugs

GARDAI who seized nine deals of heroin from a depressed man may have prevented a suicide as a court heard he intended taking his own life by overdose.

Kieran Murray (25) was finding it hard to cope with the loss of his only brother and a friend within a short space of time when he bought the drugs, Dublin District Court heard.

Judge Catherine Staines ordered a probation report on him when he admitted a charge of possession of heroin. Gardai withdrew a charge of having the drugs for sale or supply.

The court heard gardai stopped the defendant near his home at St Teresa's Gardens, Dublin 8, on May 20, 2009. He was brought to Kevin Street Garda Station, where the nine bags of heroin were found in a search. It had a street value of €180.

Murray had bought the drugs for his own personal use as he intended to kill himself on the night in question, his barrister Keith Spencer said. His friend had died in 2007, his brother had died in 2008, and he could not cope with the emotional stresses he was under, Mr Spencer said.

The accused became addicted to drugs and was snorting heroin. He was now drug-free and was focusing on his responsibility to his young child, the court heard. He was also boxing at his local club. His father Joseph Murray gave evidence that the accused had gone "off the rails" after the death of his brother.

Murray pleaded guilty to obstructing gardai in another incident near his home. Officers saw him acting suspiciously at 11.30am on August 13 and approached him for a drug search. He fled, ran into his home and emerged minutes later to surrender to gardai. Mr Spencer said that on this occasion the accused had been counting his dole money, was afraid the gardai would confiscate it and ran home to give it to his mother.

The judge adjourned the case to a date in November.

aphelan@herald.ie


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