David Ryan tried to obtain Xanax tablets at King’s Island Medical Centre using a forged prescription
SENTENCING has been adjourned in the case of a former addict who has admitted breaking into two houses on the northside of Limerick city.
David Ryan, aged 28, of Knockalisheen, Meelick Road, has also admitted trying to obtain Xanax tablets by using a prescription pad which had been stolen from a doctors surgery.
During a sentencing hearing, Garda Aidan O’Riordan said he was alerted to the theft of the prescription pad at around 7am on October 9, 2014.
He said the defendant presented at King’s Island Medical Centre a number of hours later but did not obtain any tablets as staff had concerns.
While the prescription was torn up and thrown away, gardai were able to reconstruct it and Garda O’Riordan said it was from the pad which had been reported stolen earlier in the day.
Judge Tom O’Donnell was told Ryan was apprehended at around 2pm on the same day after he was “caught red handed” after gardai were alerted to a burglary at Shelbourne Park.
The second burglary offence happened on June 25, last while the defendant was on bail in relation to the earlier incidents.
Garda Ciaran McCarthy said that the owner of a house in St Mary’s Park disturbed Mr Ryan when she returned home and that he was arrested a short time later.
Lorcan Connolly BL, defending, said his client is “not going to be a successful career criminal”.
He said Ryan was under the influence of an intoxicant when he committed both burglaries and was so “out of it” at the time that he could not be interviewed by gardai.
He said his client’s sole motivation at the time was to feed a chronic addiction, which he has managed to address while in prison.
He said the father-of-one is a troubled young man, who had a work history before going on a “significant downward spiral” when he began abusing heroin.
Judge O’Donnell was told he has engaged with the prison authorities and has “grasped the educational opportunities given to him” since he entered custody.
”He is now drug free which is very positive,” said Mr Connolly.
The case was adjourned to March 16, next for sentence.