Drugs ruin people's lives says judge sentencing French soldier

A former French soldier who was caught dealing heroin from his flat in Cork was jailed for six months yesterday as the sentencing judge referred to the devastation the drug caused to people’s lives.

Judge Olann Kelleher imposed the jail term on Frederic Slimane, 43, who pleaded guilty to having the heroin for sale or supply at his flat on Shandon Street, Cork, on August 12 2014.

“We all know the damage done by heroin in the city of Cork and the devastation it does to individuals and to families.

“This man knew exactly what he was doing. He had 37 deals of heroin for sale in a substantial and organised fashion.

“I must take into consideration the deterrent effect on others in sentencing. It is up to the court to do the best the court can for people of the city and its environs.”

Inspector John Deasy said gardaí received information that drug-related activity was taking place in or around the defendant’s home in August last year. Surveillance was put in place and suspected drug transactions were observed.

Gardaí arrived on the day with the warrant and they saw the accused involved in a drug transaction, searched him and found a total of 37 deals of heroin with a street value of just over €1,200.

“He admitted the drugs were for sale or supply,” the inspector said.

Defence solicitor Eddie Burke said that the defendant was totally co-operative with gardaí.

“He told the guards he used to go to Dublin to buy drugs and yes he was selling these drugs but only to feed his own habit. He was a hopeless heroin addict.

The defendant came to Cork in 2003 and lived for a time in Wexford with his wife and two children.

Following the breakdown of his relationship he came to Cork in 2005 where he broke his knee, took a lot of painkillers and ultimately became addicted to heroin.

“He went to Victory Outreach. He knows it is not a recognised treatment centre. It did work for him. Unfortunately, he relapsed last year and got back involved in heroin.

“He fell into bad company in Cork and got back on to heroin. He wants to get out of Cork.

“He is a man who could do with help. He is on a methadone programme now,” Mr Burke said.


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