Suspended sentences for reformed drug addicts

Two reformed drug addicts who sold heroin to undercover gardaí six times have been given suspended jail terms after Judge Katherine Delahunt accepted that they had both turned their lives around.

Daniel Henderson (aged 23) and Denis Ward (aged 37) sold the drugs to gardaí acting in separate undercover Garda operations in Ballymun and Ballyfermot on various dates.

Henderson, of Croftwood Green, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin worth €155 for sale or supply on three dates between June and July 2006. He also admitted to possession of €2,000 worth of heroin at his home in July 2004.

Ward, of Ferrycarrig Park, Darndale, pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of heroin worth an estimated €160 for sale or supply between October 10 and November 1, 2006.

Judge Delahunt, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, imposed suspended sentences on both and adjourned their cases for probation reports to see if they were suitable to carry out work in the community "to repay the debt for the damage you have done to society".

She imposed a three-year suspended sentence on Henderson and noted that he had fully co-operated with the Probation Service, was now drug-free and was "actively seeking" full-time employment.

Judge Delahunt imposed an 18-month suspended sentence on Ward and said that she was satisfied that he had made "a dramatic turnaround in his life" and was now an asset to his community and working towards a stable lifestyle for his family.

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