Man stole so he could get off heroin in jail

A 40-year-old Cork man deliberately stole perfume in the hope of getting a jail sentence in a desperate attempt to get off heroin.

Noel Crean, with a previous address at Kilquane, Mourneabbey, Co Cork, yesterday pleaded guilty. Judge James O’Connor, at Cork District Court, imposed a jail term of five months.

Solicitor Diarmuid Kelleher said the accused had gone to England in the hope of getting off heroin. He said it had worked to some extent when he got a job but when the work ran out the defendant reverted to heroin use. He said Crean was now ravaged by the effects of heroin and had lost a lot of weight.

Insp Bill Duane said Crean stole the perfume last Saturday from Brown Thomas on Patrick St, Cork. He had just returned from England that day.

Crean, meanwhile, got a concurrent eight-month sentence from Judge Olann Kelleher at another courtroom in the same court yesterday.

Insp Vincent O’Sullivan told Judge Kelleher the accused had committed three different shoplifting offences and was caught drug dealing in March 2015.

Crean pleaded guilty to counts of theft and charges of having drugs and possessing them for the purpose of sale or supply to others at Shean Lower, Blarney. He had got out of a van, and had dropped a sock to the ground containing 129g of cannabis resin, with a street value of €775.


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