Man accused of burglary: 'I took a lot of benzos and I woke up this morning in the garda station”

Man accused of burglary: 'I took a lot of benzos and I woke up this morning in the garda station”

The man was accused of burgling one house and stealing 12 fire extinguishers. He said he took a lot of benzos and woke up in a garda station.

A MAN accused of burgling one house and stealing 12 fire extinguishers from outside another home said: “I took a load of benzos and woke up in the garda station.”

Kenneth Duggan of 65 Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork, said he had been clear of all drugs for ten months but got paranoid on Tuesday and took the Benzodiazepine (sedative) tablets belonging to another person.

Duggan was before Cork District Court today charged with stealing 12 fire extinguishers from outside a house at McSweeney Villas and burglary of a house where jewellery and other items were stolen at Barrett’s Terrace.

Shane Collins-Daly, defence solicitor, said the accused was anxious to get bail and to address the court. 

Duggan got into the witness box and said: “I went off drugs myself. I’m off everything since January, up to yesterday. You can see by looking at me — fresh out. I broke out yesterday. I took a lot of benzos and I woke up this morning in the garda station for burglary.”

Sergeant Gearóid Davis asked the young man if he would turn up in court if granted bail and he replied, “A million percent.”

Sgt Davis said the state had concerns that he would offend again if granted bail. He said the only reason he took the tablets was because he felt anxious and paranoid. “I put my hand on that bible, it won’t happen again,” Duggan said.

Judge Olann Kelleher said the court must balance what is safe for society with the defendant’s rights and he decided to remand Duggan in custody until October 9.

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