Tried to hide heroin while in custody
A Wexford man who attempted to hide a stash of heroin up his back passage was given a six-month jail sentence for possession of a knife.
Paul Sillery from 8 Bride Street, Wexford, entered guilty pleas to all charges preferred against him by Garda Stephen Burke.
The prosecution dates back to June 14 in 2013 when Sillery was seen leaving a house in Kennedy Park.
When approached by the garda, he appeared very uneasy and nervous, prompting a search of his person.
A white-handled flick knife was discovered in the pocket of his trousers.
He explained that 'people were after him' as Garda Inspector Pat Cody put it in the District Court sitting at Gorey.
Once brought to the station, he was seen trying to put a clear plastic bag up his back package.
The bag was confiscated. It contained a brown substance which the defendant suggested was cannabis but, on scientific examination, it turned out to be 3.92 grams of diamorphine (heroin) worth around €550.
Details of 60 previous convictions included counts of burglary and possession of drugs. He was already serving a sentence imposed for something else and the court was told that he had engaged with services while in jail at Cloverhill to address a significant drug problem.
Judge John Lindsay imposed a fresh six-month term of imprisonment, the commencement of the term to date from September.