Monday 10 December 2018

Carjack woman had relapse with heroin court told

A 31 year old mother of three whose sentencing had been adjourned on a carjacking charge had two relapses with heroin, Sligo Circuit Court was told.

Gillian Byrne of Cloonmore Park, Jobstown, Tallaght, appeared for sentencing at the court last Tuesday having previously pleaded guilty to unlawfully seizing a car by force belonging to a Mrs Rebecca Chambers at Dunnes Stores car park, Adelaide Street on Monday May 8th 2017.

The case was put back for sentencing from a sitting in February which heard how a retired couple from Cork who were on a short break in Sligo had their car hijacked by a drug addict couple from Dublin who drove off at speed and were later pursued by Gardaí.

The car was eventually crashed into a wall after being driven the wrong way up a one way street in Carrick-on-Shannon and the couple were arrested after they took off running through fields.

The couple had driven up from Cork on May 6th with the intention of staying three nights at the Radisson Blu hotel.

They spent time sightseeing and on the 8th they drove their 2012 VW Golf into Sligo and into the car park of Dunnes Stores at Adelaide Street around 6.15pm where their car was forcibly taken by Byrne and her then partner, Derek Nolan, also of Coolmore Park.

pleaded guilty to seizing the car and dangerous driving at Townspark, Carrick-on-Shannon. A count of criminal damage was taken into consideration.

He spent nine months in custody following the offence on remand and when he was released he underwent a drug treatment programme his defending barrister, Mr Patrick Jackson told Judge Keenan Johnson.

ON Tuesday last the Judge was informed he was undergoing a further treatment programme.

He was remanded on bail for sentencing at a future sitting of the court.

Byrne told Gardaí that she was detoxing off heroin and hadn't been eating in a few days. She blamed her ex partner for her addiction to heroin.

The court was told on Tuesday last that she had €500 in court for the victims who were out of pocket to the tune of €8,000 for their car.

She was proposing to pay €40 a week to pay the sum. She had been engaging in drug treatment since the last court.

Her urine analysis was clear for March and April but she had "one slip" in early May and this had been addressed by increasing the defendant's methadone dose to 60mls a day from 50mls.

Judge Johnson said the defendant was having difficulty in coming off heroin and had been taking it in February and May.

He directed that she pay back €40 a week through a direct debit mandate until the remaining €7,500 was paid.

He then imposed a four year jail term, suspended for five years. She must also keep the peace for five years and undergo post release supervision by the probation service for two years.

She must also cease taking drugs and alcohol during the period of the suspended sentence.

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