Longford man blames Dealz incident on 'exhaustion'

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Longford man blames Dealz incident on 'exhaustion'

A man charged with drugs possession and who was found lying across the isle of a Longford discount store by gardáí, has blamed the incident on exhaustion.

Alphonsos Dodd, 44 Gleann Riada, Strokestown Road, Longford was found straddled across the floor of Dealz, Market Square, Longford when gardaí were called to the store shortly after 7:30pm on May 26 2018. Sgt Paddy McGirl said the accused seemed in what he described as a “disorientated state” and under the influence of an intoxicant.

A follow up search carried out by Mr Dodd later uncovered a quantity of cannabis resin and a stanley knife. Mr Dodd admitted the drugs were for his own personal use while the knife had been intended to cut the cannabis resin, Sgt McGirl added. Details of Mr Dodd's 18 previous criminal convictions were outlined to the court, the majority of which dated back to 2004.

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In defence, solicitor John Quinn said Mr Dodd was not someone who had come to the attention of gardaí in the recent past. Judge Seamus Hughes asked Mr Dodd what had motivated him to be found in such a precarious situation when gardaí called to the Dealz store.

“Exhaustion,” said Mr Dodd, in response.

“Did you do a week's work?” Judge Hughes asked, somewhat facetiously.

Mr Quinn said part of Mr Dodd's difficulties at the time had come by way of an accident which resulted in the loss of part of his finger.

“The top of his finger was taken off in an accident,” he said.

Mr Dodd, who stood patiently beside his solicitor throughout conceded the incident had much to do with his own restlessness concerns.

“I was getting no sleep,” said Mr Dodd.

“I went into Dealz to buy something as I suffer from insomnia.”

Judge Seamus Hughes consequently fined Mr Dodd €200 for the cannabis resin possession charge, giving him three months to pay. The accompanying possession of a stanley knife charge was taken into consideration.