A convicted burglar had been charged with dealing heroin two months before he knocked an 83 year old woman unconscious in a handbag mugging.
Last Thursday, June 21, Offaly man Trevor O’Shea (35) of Bulfin Park, Birr was given a two year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to dealing drugs in Dublin city centre in 2010.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that O’Shea was charged in January 2010 after gardai arrested him with over €20,450 worth of heroin and €396 worth of cocaine.
O’Shea, who has 58 previous convictions including four for drug dealing, ten for burglary and two for serious assaults, was granted bail after being charged with possession of heroin for sale or supply.
These charges were struck out on March 25. Five days later O’Shea mugged grandmother-of-seven Bridget Campbell on the steps of the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.
Ms Campbell, who travelled once a week from her home in Sandymount to Dublin city to shop and say prayers at the Pro-Cathedral, suffered a broken leg and spent a week in intensive care.
Last March Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced O’Shea to five years with the final year suspended.
O’Shea pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for sale or supply at the South Circular Road., Dublin on January 27, 2010.
Garda Eamon Taaffe told prosecuting counsel Roughan Banim BL that O’Shea admitted he was dealing the drugs but wouldn’t name the person who was supplying him because he was in fear.
Sean Gillane SC, defending, said his client began drinking and smoking cannabis at the age of 13 and now has a “virulent” addiction to heroin. He said O’Shea comes from a good family.
Judge Martin Nolan added two years to O’Shea’s current prison sentence.