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‘Passed’ bag of heroin while in custody

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Told might not be in court if ‘something went wrong’A HEROIN addict who swallowed a quantity of the drug to hide it from gardai when they searched his home, was told by Judge Tom O’Donnell that he might not have been in court if “something went wrong”. Jeffrey O’Donoghue appeared at the Circuit Court via video link, answering the charges of Garda David Boland, Roxboro Crime Investigation Unit, and was handed a 10 months prison sentence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court heard from Inspector Seamus Ruane that the DPP had consented to the summary disposal of the matter on the basis that the accused pleaded guilty. O’Donoghue entered a guilty plea on both the section 15 and section three charges contrary to the Misuse of Drugs act 1977. O’Donoghue, aged 36, of 44 Oliver Plunkett St, St Mary’s Park, was at his home when gardai called with a search warrant, and upon his arrest was conveyed to Roxboro Garda Station.After a period of time in detention, the accused “passed” the bag of heroin and following analysis,  it was valued at €500, in the form of diamorphine O’Donoghue made certain admissions that the drug was purchased to feed his addiction and to supply the habit of his girlfriend. The accused also had some public order matters outstanding dating back to June 13 of this year, where Garda Keith McCarthy was on patrol in the Robert’s Street area of Limerick and found him highly intoxicated, incoherent and staggering.Garda McCarthy asked the accused for his name and details and the court heard that O’Donoghue became “irate, violent and aggressive in front of members of the public”. Inspector Ruane said O’Donoghue was currently  in Limerick Prison having received an eight month sentence three weeks ago for a charge contrary to section 9 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act 1990. Previous convictions included fines for drugs in 2007, public order matters and the possession of a flick knife that warranted a three month prison sentence in the same year.Solicitor John Devane said his client had an addiction to heroin and in the most recent past, had “his house burnt down around him,” and that he was in a better place in Limerick Prison. Mr Devane added that the quantity of drugs was just for his client’s own use and to supply to his client’s girlfriend and that was the extent of the supply charge before the court. The court also heard since the accused was in prison, he was free from drug use.Judge O’Donnell said there were very “serious aspects to the case” and that irrespective of the means, the drugs were still for supply to a “third party,” thus satisfying the charge. He pointed out that O’Donoghue had several previous convictions, 38 in total, but credited the early plea and the steps that he had taken in the interim.However, he did note the dangers and seriousness of ingesting the drugs to conceal them, noting that O’Donoghue “might not be here if something went wrong”. For the section 15 Sale or Supply Charge,  O’Donoghue was sentenced to 10 months in prison, backdated to July 30 last, when he was first taken into custody. Judge O’Donnell took the section three possession of drugs charge into consideration.For the Public Order Charge of Garda Kevin McCarthy, O’Donoghue was sentenced to three months in prison and  other matters arising out of the Robert’s Street incident were taken into consideration. The sentence was also backdated Email Linkedin WhatsApp Print NewsLocal News‘Passed’ bag of heroin while in custodyBy admin – September 24, 2010 1021 Previous articleA round up of news in briefNext articleLegal challenge to planning decision admin Twitterlast_img read more

Pardew backs Taylor for England

first_imgAlan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at Newcastle defender Steven Taylor after watching him withstand a battering from Stoke. He went on: “They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it’s a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us – because we had no height in the team. “Steven Taylor had to do everything on that side of it and he was brilliant.” Taylor’s hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past. Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach. However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration. The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James’ Park. Magpies boss Pardew said: “He was immense. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts

first_img Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay  May 21, 2020 Svenska Spel has revealed that the remainder of 2020 ‘looks brighter going forward’, after the operator confirmed that COVID-19 had affected group revenues.Publishing its interim results for the period January – June 2020, Svenska Spel reported a 10% drop in net gaming revenues compared to 2019, having fallen by SEK 394 million to SEK 3.7 billion (€356m).Operating profit during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 1.2 billion (€121m), reflecting an increase of SEK 121 million.The increase in profits, according to Svenska Spel, ‘is primarily due to higher net gaming revenues for the Tur (interactive) business area, reduced operating costs and a positive effect on the gaming tax due to lower net gaming revenues and large profit payments’.Commenting on the results, Patrik Hofbauer, President and CEO of Svenska Spel said: “We show innovative power and perseverance during a tough time by continuing to launch new games and improve the gaming experience for our customers.“Despite the fact that COVID-19 has had significant impacts in many ways, and despite the fact that it is not over yet, it looks brighter going forward. We are on the way up again after having managed the rapid transition to the big and unexpected changes during the spring.”In a bid to offset the suspension of live sporting events, Svenska Spel grew its online casino offering, with more than 1,000 games available on its casino site by the end of June.While there was an increased number of players accessing its online casino site, the operator highlighted that there were little signs of an increase to problem gambling rates.During the six month period, Svenska Spel underscored its commitment to supporting its partners, having made an advance payment of Gräsroten (grass root programs), which meant that 3,600 associations in the country were allowed to share a combined SEK 20 million payment in May. Related Articles StumbleUpon Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting June 9, 2020 Submit Share Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020last_img read more