The increase of heroin use in Donegal is being blamed on people who end up in jail.
At last Thursday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court a heroin addict, who appeared charged with possesion of drugs, sais he became hooked on the drug while in prison.
Defendant Bernard Alcorn from Meadowbank Park told Judge Conal Gibbons that he became addicted to the class A drug when he was previously serving a prison sentence in Castlerea prison.
He said was hoping to get treatment as he may have to return to prison in the future.
“It was prison where I got my habit. I want to get clean before I go in. There is more drugs in there than there is out here, “ the accused stated. Alcorn was charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply, possession of a controlled drug and possession of a knife at Newline Road, Letterkenny on Tuesday last, August 16.
He was also charged with under the Misuse of Drugs Acts for obstructing officers in the course of their duty.
Solicitor Paudge Dorrian said his client has a “serious heroin addiction”. The accused said he began using the drug in Castlerea prison and had managed to kick the habit three years ago but had recently “slipped back with old friends”.
Garda Inspector Kevin Gately said they were objecting to bail on the grounds that the alleged offences occurred while he was currently on both Circuit Court and High Court bail, and he had continued from front previous failed to attend court on a number of occasions.
Alcorn said this was due to a mix up with his solicitor at the time and he had not intended to miss his court appearances.
He said he was now hoping to start a four week treatment course at White Oaks clinic as he had previously been told he would have to wait two years before being accepted on to a methadone programme.
Judge Gibbons asked if he had an written confirmation from the treatment centre and he said he didn’t. The judge said he accepted his explanation but remanded him in custody to Harristown District Court on Friday saying he would need some form of written communication from White Oaks saying there was a place for him and it was starting in the coming weeks.
Following his appearance in court on Friday he was further remanded in custody to reappear at Harristown District Court in two weeks time.