Man tried to pass off crushed Panadol as cocaine in Temple Bar


A YOUNG man crushed up Panadol headache tablets and tried to pass the powder off as cocaine for sale to tourists in Temple Bar.

Robert Hegarty (20) was sweating and intoxicated and began to hurl abuse at wouldbe buyers, a court heard.

Judge Bryan Smyth said he could avoid a two-month jail sentence if he is found suitable for 60 hours of community service.

Hegarty, of Abbeylands, Rathwire, Co Westmeath, pleaded guilty to threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour on Fleet Street last May 29.

He was not charged with any drugs offence.

Gda Christopher Jones told Dublin District Court he was on plain clothes beat patrol at 11pm when he saw the accused, who was “engaging with members of the public”.

He was being verbally abusive to people, telling them to “f**k off”. He also became abusive to gardai when confronted.

“He was trying to sell crushed Panadol, trying to pass it off as cocaine to the people he was conversing with,” said Gda Jones.

“It was evident he had taken something, he was sweating.”

In a separate incident, gardai were on patrol on the Liffey Boardwalk at Bachelors Walk at 7.25pm last July 3. They were dealing with a complaint ofassault and went to approach Hegarty, who was nearby, to speak to him.

He became angry because he felt he was being associated with the incident. He became threatening and abusive to the gardai and was arrested.

Hegarty had previous convictions for public order offences.

He was living with his mother and, at the time of the incidents, he was in the city centre “mixing with a bad crowd”, his lawyer said.

The accused was now completely clean and free of all intoxicants and was the father of a newborn child.

Judge Smyth remanded him on continuing bail to February.

Via Phelan