AN applied maths graduate caught with five deals of heroin last year was caught stealing ice-cream on another occasion.
Judge Patricia McNamara imposed a suspended jail term of two months on the 37-year-old who pleaded guilty to two charges — having drugs for his own use, and theft.
Mark O’Regan, presently living at St Vincent’s hostel, Anglesea Terrace, Cork, has taken on a methadone treatment course, said his solicitor Eddie Burke.
The solicitor said O’Regan went to London where he got a college degree in applied maths. He returned to Ireland and went to live at home in Ennis, Co Clare.
“He lost a very good friend two and a half years ago and this brought back a drink addiction and he unfortunately fell into heroin. He is now off that and engaging with Arbour House,” said Mr Burke.
Judge McNamara said: “If he does not get treatment, he will re-offend.”
Mr Burke said the accused was on a methadone treatment programme and clear of heroin.
Judge Patricia McNamara said she would impose a two-month sentence suspended on condition that O’Regan continues with his drug rehabilitation.
Sgt John Kelleher outlined the background to both offences at Cork District Court yesterday.
On September 5, 2018, Garda Aisling Murphy attended at Centra, Victoria Cross, Cork, where the manager reported a man stealing ice cream valued €5. O’Regan pleaded guilty to that.
On the evening of April 17, 2018, Garda Ed O’Donoghue stopped O’Regan at Killydonoghue, Glanmire, Co Cork, and conducted a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
He was found to have five wraps of diamorphine (heroin) for his own use at that time.