Advertisement 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 Twitter
Martin Lightbody has stepped down as chief executive of Finsbury Foods, with immediate effect, as the Group announces an improved second half performance in its full-year results.Lightbody will be replaced by chief operating officer John Duffy and will assume the position of non-executive chairman following the firm’s Annual General Meeting on 25 November.Lightbody told British Baker it had always been the plan to hold the position of chief executive for a 12-month period, following the departure of former CEO Dave Brooks last year, but said that he would still be “heavily involved with the business” in his new role.Finsbury’s results for the 53 weeks to 4 July 2009 revealed revenue growth of 8%, with like-for-like sales up 2%. However, it said profits had suffered with the high cost of raw materials such as eggs, chocolate and sugar.Group revenue stood at £178.9 million (52 week period to 28 June 2008: £165.1m), an increase of £13.8 million (8.4%) year-on-year. Adjusted profit before tax was £5.0m (2008: £7.7m).However the firm announced a 78% “improvement” in adjusted profit before tax in the second half of the year, compared to the first.Its bread and ‘free from’ division saw like-for-like growth up 14%, and larger cake sales continued to grow in line with the overall ambient cake market, up 2% on last year.Finsbury has seen sales of its Thorntons branded cakes rocket by over 70% during the year, making it the fastest-growing brand in the cake market, according to the firm. Sales of its WeightWatchers branded cakes also rose, up 25%.Duffy has assisted Lightbody since September 2008, and has held previous positions at WT Foods, Noon Products Ltd, Golden Wonder and Mars.To read the full story see the next issue of British Baker, out 9 October.
Elise deSomer, a studio art and English literature double major from South Bend, and Brianna Kozemzak, a computing and applied mathematics major from Eagan, Minnesota, have been named co-valedictorians of Saint Mary’s class of 2017, according to a College press release.The two will deliver a joint address at this year’s Commencement on May 20. According to the release, deSomer studied object-oriented ontology with professor of art Krista Hoefle, and her work was featured in the summer 2016 edition of Courier, a College publication. She will also earn an English writing minor.Kozemzak, a chemistry minor, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in bioinformatics with the help of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides three years of tuition for promising science and engineering students. Kozemzak is the second Saint Mary’s student to receive this fellowship, according to the release.Kozemzak’s senior comprehensive project analyzed DNA sequencing data to identify new approaches to understanding genetic factors that increase susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, according to the release.Tags: Courier, National Science Foundation, valedictorian
PECO lawyers,however, said this is not final since they have not received any such directive yet.“The order of the ERC regarding the alleged revocation of the PECO CPCN is notyet final and, in fact, has not been officially received by PECO,” Elamparorevealed. “Moreover, the order was premised on misrepresentations made byMORE,” she added.“We are hopeful that once we are able to apprise the ERC of the true situationthat’s happening on ground, ERC will not only reverse this order but would alsodeny the outright the application of MORE Power for a CPCN,” said Elamparo.Last week, MORE Power forcibly took over the substations of PECO on thestrength of a writ of possession issued by RTC Branch 23 and announced it hadfull control of the facilities. The presidingjudge also said she is still not sure about the capability of MORE Power tooperate the facilities and by returning the operations to PECO, the court isprotecting consumers from the possibility of power outages. “The decision ofthe Iloilo RTC to direct MORE Power to give back power distribution operationsto PECO is a crucial development because it proves that everything we have beensaying in the past few weeks is true,” said Atty. Estrella Elamparo, PECO legalcounsel.It was reported that MORE Power still has no standing Power Service Agreement(PSA) and the company is still using PECO’s contracts in doing powerdistribution, contrary to the claims of the untested power firm. During yesterday’shearing, a huge swarm of PECO supporters overwhelmed the Hall of Justice andwere allowed to pray while the proceedings were ongoing.In a related development, the ERC said it had revoked the CPCN of PECO. Pending therelease of MORE Power’s own Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity(CPCN) from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Presiding Judge EmeraldRequinto-Contreras ordered during a hearing yesterday to give back powerdistribution operations to PECO. PECO also claimedthat MORE Power has no CPCN, thus has no right to provide power distributionservices in Iloilo City despite holding a legislative franchise.Also, MORE Power does not have any power distribution facility in Iloilo Cityand does not have enough employees of its own to man the substations it tookover, according to PECO./PN ILOILO City – In alandmark decision, the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 23 directed MORE Electricand Power Corp. (MORE Power) to return the operations of substations and other powerdistribution utilities that it took over last week back to Panay Electric Co. (PECO). PECO contested thewrit, stating it is illegal as there is a pending petition in the Supreme Courtin relation to the constitutionality of MORE Power’s franchise and alluding toContreras’ bias in the expropriation case. MORE Power shouldfollow the RTC Branch 23-issued Addendum that states PECO personnel should bethe ones to operate the power distribution facilities and MORE Power employeesshould only observe as part of their immersion into the service, stressedContreras.
The West Palm Beach Police Department arrested a suspect for carjacking a Mercedes Benz in downtown West Palm Beach.Police say the suspect, 25-year-old Abraham Miller, approached the driver of the Benz near Flagler Dr., started flashing a black firearm and told him to give him the car.The driver gave Miller his car, and he drove off southbound on Flagler.An officer spotted the Mercedes after Miller ran a red light. The officer stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody.Miller confessed to stealing the car, and told officials that his brother gave him the lighter that looks like a metal gun which he used to steal the vehicle.Miller faces charges of robbery carjacking, fleeing/eluding an officer with disregard for safety of others and driving with a suspended license.Great work Nights I! Carjacking suspect arrested and in custody. Doesn’t this lighter look real? Yes a lighter used by the suspect. #westpalmbeach pic.twitter.com/OVQ89wSmIc— West Palm Beach PD (@WestPalmPD) January 22, 2020