A MIDDLE-aged man from Youghal, who is serving a jail term for heroin dealing, was warned that his time in prison would be increased for a second similar offence if did not continue with the drug rehabilitation services in custody.
Patrick Ring faced sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court in a case where Garda Darren Twomey testified that several individual deals of heroin were found scattered around him in a car and that he tried to pick them up as gardaí approached.
Ring was arrested at the Grand Parade, and taken to the Bridewell Garda station on December 20, 2017, where he was detained and made admissions to having heroin for sale or supply where the street value of the drug was put at €570.
John Devlin, defence barrister, said Ring, aged 47, was doing well in prison and that prior to going into custody his life had gone out of control. Mr Devlin said that unusually, custody was at the time a better place for the accused.
“He has undertaken a methadone programme in prison and attended meetings,” Mr Devlin said.
Judge Brian O’Callaghan, who sentenced Ring in the previous case said: “If I proceeded to full sentence now I would find it hard to avoid a consecutive sentence.”
The judge said that a background report indicated that Ring would still be homeless if released from prison and that arrangements would have to be put in place and notified to the court for the accused having supports in place for his release.
The judge said that if he continued with his programmes in prison then there might be a substantial element of suspension of the additional sentence.
“It is totally and completely in his hands whether he gets a longer sentence than the one he is serving,” Judge O’Callaghan said.
Sentencing was put back until the November sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
In the case for which Ring is serving a sentence he was caught walking along the side of a motorway with €18,000 worth of heroin concealed in his underpants.
Patrick Ring was spotted walking along the hard shoulder of the Cork-Dublin motorway, close to the toll at Watergrasshill. He was in the company of two other men.
Detective Garda Noel Howley said the suspicions of gardaí were raised by the appearance of the three men. Ring was highly intoxicated at the time.
When searched later that day, April 1, 2017, a stash of Diamorphine weighing 131 grammes was found in the defendant’s underpants. It had an €18,000 street value.
When Ring was arrested and taken to Fermoy Garda station he could not be interviewed for several hours as he was found to be medically unfit for questioning due to his level of intoxication.
Ring pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to a charge of possession of the drug for the purpose of sale or supply to others.