Recovering addict reverted to drugs after ankle injury

A 38-year-old man who got into rehabilitation and managed to stay off drugs such as cocaine for a year fell back into addiction when he suffered a severe ankle fracture and was prescribed codeine.

Recovering addict reverted to drugs after ankle injury

By Liam Heylin

A 38-year-old man who got into rehabilitation and managed to stay off drugs such as cocaine for a year fell back into addiction when he suffered a severe ankle fracture and was prescribed codeine.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, said at Cork District Court that the accused had been doing very well after a lengthy period at St Francis Farm in Co Carlow, and had managed to get a job before he suffered the very bad injury.

“Part of his medication was codeine-based and he fell back into his addiction,” said Mr Burke. “Unfortunately, things fell down for him after that. “He was arrested on September 27 and he did not apply for bail because of his addiction,”

Moldovan national Alexandr Tabachnic pleaded guilty to a number of charges against him yesterday.

Insp Gary McPolin said that, on September 26, Garda Gerard O’Donovan was on Pope’s Quay when he approached the defendant. The guard said he wanted to search him.

“Mr Tabachnic ran away and hid behind a car,” he told the court. “Garda O’Donovan followed him and caught him. Mr Tabhachnic resisted and attempted to flee. Garda O’Donovan had to use pepper spray to stop him. He was found in possession of a syringe with liquid cocaine.

The accused, who was living at The Bungalow, Arderrow, Ballyvolane, was also caught stealing two candles valued €75.

Judge Olann Kelleher asked: “What is his excuse for resisting arrest?”

Mr Burke said: “I would say blind panic.”

A total sentence of six months was imposed on Tabachnic.

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