Paralysed drug dealer jailed after cannabis discovery

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

Jason O'Sullivan: received a three-month sentence
A WHEELCHAIR-bound convicted drug dealer has received another prison sentence after over €1,000 worth of cannabis was found in his West Limerick home.

A WHEELCHAIR-bound convicted drug dealer has received another prison sentence after over €1,000 worth of cannabis was found in his West Limerick home.

Jason O’Sullivan, aged 33, of Sycamore Crescent, Newcastle West has pleaded guilty to drugs offences arising from the garda search of his home on July 13 last year.

O’Sullivan is currently serving a four year prison sentence handed down in January after he and his partner, Dawn McCarthy, also aged 33, of Ballyhahill, Limerick, were caught with almost €12,000 worth of cannabis in 2010.

Newcastle West Court heard this Tuesday that O’Sullivan, who was paralysed in a serious motorbike accident ten years ago, is enduring “hell on earth” and is struggling to adapt to life in prison with his disability.

Insp Paul Reidy told the court that on July 13 gardai carried out a planned search of O’Sullivan’s home and discovered two bags of cannabis worth a total of €1,100 in a bathroom.

The court heard that O’Sullivan has 22 previous convictions, including the four year sentence handed down at Limerick Circuit Court in January for possession of drugs for sale or supply. Two of the four years were suspended. O’Sullivan has also previously served prison sentences for possession of a weapon and assault causing harm, and has a number of previous drugs offences.

Solicitor Padraig O’Connell, defending, said that O’Sullivan intended to share the cannabis with his friends, not sell it. Mr O’Connell added that had co-operated with the subsequent garda investigation and was pleading guilty “at the earliest opportunity”.

Mr O’Connell said that O’Sullivan is suffering from a “lack of availability of physiotherapy” and other treatment at Portlaoise prison, where he is serving his sentence. “He is in a very bad way from a medical point of view”, Mr O’Connell said, adding that O’Sullivan is enduring “hell on earth” due to a disability that “it has been exceptionally difficult to comprehend”.

Judge Mary Larkin said that in light of O’Sullivan’s guilty plea and “his own personal difficulties”, she imposed a three-month concurrent prison sentence.