Bag of heroin fell out of patient's pocket in Cork hospital; man with 110 previous convictions pleads guilty to possession

Bag of heroin fell out of patient's pocket in Cork hospital; man with 110 previous convictions pleads guilty to possession
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A small bag of heroin was easily discovered when it literally fell from the offender’s pocket when he was in hospital.

Adam Boyle of St. John’s Well, Fairhill, Cork, pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of having the drug for his own use back on September 11 2018.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the accused man was attending Mercy University Hospital when his possession of drugs was easily spotted.

“A nurse found that a suspected drugs package fell out of his pocket and the nurse requested the gardaí to attend,” Sgt. Davis said.

They arrived and seized the suspect package which was later analysed and found to contain €20 worth of Diamorphine (heroin).

Sgt. Davis said, “He had 110 previous convictions including five for Section 3 drugs (having drugs for his own use).” Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said, the offence was heading towards being two years old.

The solicitor was at a loss to understand why the charge had not been before the court sooner given that the accused man had a number of court appearances in the meantime.

Judge Olann Kelleher said he accepted that the accused had been in custody for a number of months on other charges in the meantime. In all the circumstances he said he would impose a sentence of five months which he would suspend for a period of two years.

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