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Stab victim started taking cannabis to sleep

A YOUNG man started smoking cannabis herb to help him sleep after he was stabbed through the heart and lungs, a court heard.

Francis Kelly (23) spent two weeks in intensive care, and started taking the drug after he came out of hospital.

He then started selling it to help pay for his own addiction.

Judge John Lindsay ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in March.

Kelly, of Neilstown Drive in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis herb as well as having the drug for sale or supply.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they saw Kelly speaking to another man at Palmerstown Woods in Clondalkin on September 16.

Sgt Callaghan said that when gardai approached Kelly, he ran off and dropped a bag into the bushes of a nearby garden.


The sergeant said gardai retrieved the bag and found smaller bags containing cannabis herb with a street value of €600 as well as €960 in cash.

The court heard Kelly admitted the cannabis was his and was co-operative with gardai.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Kelly was the victim of a serious stabbing several years ago when he was stabbed through the heart and lungs.

He was in intensive care for two weeks and was on tablets while he was in hospital.

Mr O'Doherty said that Kelly couldn't sleep when he left hospital and he started taking it to help him relax.

The court heard that Kelly is unemployed and was raised by his aunt following the death of his parents when he was a child. Judge Lindsay adjourned the matter until March.