A BALLINCOLLIG man with 118 previous convictions has been jailed for 10 months for dealing heroin in Cork city.
Ken O’Mahony, aged 45, confessed to the drug supply charge at Cork District Court yesterday where he also admitted multiple counts of driving with no insurance.
Judge Olann Kelleher banned him from driving for 15 years and imposed another 10-month sentence concurrent with the drugs sentence.
Gardaí from Gurranabraher were on mobile patrol at North Mall when they spotted O’Mahony, of no fixed address, acting in a suspicious manner.
Garda Desmond Prendergast informed O’Mahony he was going to search him under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
The 13 individually wrapped deals of heroin had a total street value of €378. He admitted possessing the drugs for the purpose of selling them.
The drugs crime dates back to June 28, 2017.
Garda Martin Lawton also found O’Mahony with a claw hammer in his possession after midnight on May 9. He told the guard he was carrying the hammer for his own protection.
O’Mahony pleaded guilty to six counts of driving without insurance yesterday on dates from 2014 to last year. He had seven more counts of driving with no insurance previously.
Judge Olann Kelleher noted that the accused had now been stopped 13 times for driving without insurance.
Eddie Burke, solicitor, impressed on Judge Kelleher the level of co-operation with gardaí by the defendant.
Mr Burke said a minor point that could be made in relation to the insurance charges was that there was never any accident or chase.
The defendant was diagnosed five years ago with serious illness and following this diagnosis he became addicted to heroin. Judge Kelleher said these issues would be into account but added, “We all know the difficulties of heroin. He knew exactly what he was doing. With 13 bags of heroin he was selling the drug in Cork city.”
Among his 118 previous convictions were three counts of having drugs for his own use and one for having drugs for sale or supply.