A drug-dealing couple have both been given suspended sentences for possession of almost €5,000 worth of heroin after Judge Frank O’Donnell said he was "having regard to their three children".
David Plummer (aged 32) of Barry Avenue, and Lisa Heary (aged 30) of Jamestown Road, both Finglas, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to having €3,829 worth of heroin for sale or supply On April 25, 2006 at Gardiner Street. They were both drug users and living in hostel accommodation at the time.
Heary also admitted to having heroin worth €1,047 at their home on November 16, 2006. She was not on bail at the time.
The drugs were recovered by gardaí acting on confidential information after they got a warrant to search their home.
Plummer had 26 previous convictions, which included a number of drug offences, while Heary’s 69 previous convictions included theft, robbery and drug offences.
They both received a three-year sentence which Judge O’Donnell suspended "against my better judgment" after he said he had regard to their children. He ordered that they should liase with the probation service and said he hoped this would lead them to do dealing with their drug addictions.
He had noted at the last hearing in December, when he had released the couple from prison to spend Christmas with their children: "If ever there’s a clear case of drugs causing the problems, this is it."
Judge O’Donnell told Heary on that occasion that her children "are my exact concern" before he added that he had previously wondered, when the case was first heard in November 2008 and the couple were remanded in custody, if her two daughters and son would have been better cared for by someone else.
Heary had apologised to Judge O’Donnell and said that not one day had gone by that she had not thought about what she had done.
"We moved to a new home and live there with our children and we don’t get into trouble anymore," she said. She said her girls had been living with her mother while her son had been staying with her aunt.