Jason Carroll, aged 25, of 16 Bridevalley View, Fairhill, Cork, said through his solicitor, Michael Quinlan, at Cork District Court yesterday the threat to blow in the windows and damage his grandfather’s home was made so that he would be arrested. It was a deliberate attempt to be jailed so that he could get off heroin.
Judge Olann Kelleher said he could understand the unusual rationale behind the offence but he said it was nevertheless a frightening experience for the accused’s grandfather.
Jason Carroll pleaded guilty yesterday to breaching a safety order by putting his grandfather in fear on October 11. Judge Kelleher sentenced him to six months in prison.
Inspector Daniel Coholan said Garda Seán Murray responded to a call to 16 Bridevalley View at 10pm that night where he met the complainant Patrick Carroll.
“A safety order was in force against his grandson. He was visibly shaken and fearful. His grandson was sitting in the sitting room.
“Jason Carroll said if he had not been arrested he would break up the house and put in the windows.
“Patrick Carroll told Garda Murray his grandson had carried out such a threat last year.
“Jason Carroll may have been under the influence of an intoxicant. He said he had injected heroin earlier in the day and he showed Garda Murray the needle marks in his arm,” Insp Coholan said.
His 23 previous convictions included counts for breaching a safety order and causing criminal damage last year. He also had a previous count for assault causing harm.
Mr Quinlan, solicitor, said, “This was an unusual situation. He had a very serious addiction to heroin. He deliberately breached the safety order in order to be arrested and sent to prison.”
Already in prison serving another sentence, Carroll wanted to stay there to deal with his heroin addiction.