Amputee caught with Xanax tablets avoids jail

A ONE-legged man who pleaded guilty to drugs offences has avoided a prison sentence.

A ONE-legged man who pleaded guilty to drugs offences has avoided a prison sentence.

Vincent Leamy, aged 40, of Pineview Gardens, Moyross pleaded guilty at Limerick Court to possession of almost 2,000 prescription tablets for the purpose of sale or supply.

Insp Seamus Ruane, Henry Street, said 63 Xanax tablets were seized when gardai stopped and searched a 97-K registered car in the Nicholas Street area at around 2.15pm on September 15, 2010.

He said the defendant was a passenger in the car but that he admitted responsibility for the tablets, which were concealed in the vehicle.

Insp Ruane said a further 1,866 Xanax tablets were seized during a follow-up search of a house in the Castleconnell area where the defendant was living at the time.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the combined street value of the drugs seized on the day was €3,858.

During a previous hearing, the court was told Leamy admitted having the drugs for the purpose of sale or supply but that he told investigating gardai he was “only holding them” for another individual to whom he owed money.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client had taken to “drink and drug-taking” around the time of the offence as his marriage had hit a “rocky patch”.

He said his client, who is not back with his wife, is awaiting treatment on his prosthetic leg but that he was anxious to have the matter finalised.

Mr McCarthy said separate court proceedings in the circuit court had been adjourned to see if his client could stay off drink and drugs.

Judge O’Kelly imposed a four month prison sentence in relation to Xanax tablets, which he suspended for 12 months on condition Leamy stays out of trouble during that time.

“I don’t want to see him again - one leg or two legs,” he said.

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