Man who didn't turn up for sentencing 7-years ago jailed for drug dealing

Man who didn't turn up for sentencing 7-years ago jailed for drug dealing

A man who didn't turn up for his sentence hearing more than seven years ago because he didn't want his children to be without a parent following the death of their mother has been jailed for drug dealing.

Michael Cahill's partner, and mother of his two children, died after he pleaded guilty to possession of €23,200 worth heroin for sale or supply at their then home on Synge Place, Dublin on August 21, 2006.

He was due to be sentenced at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in June 2008 but a bench warrant was issued for his arrest when he didn't appear.

Cahill (46) was arrested last month in Dublin and remanded in custody after he and his children returned to Ireland from the UK.

Judge Martin Nolan accepted that Cahill had his own difficulties when he went on the run and acknowledged that he hadn't come to the attention of the gardaí or the English police since 2008.

He said Cahill was “a mid-level dealer” and accepted that he had made attempts to deal with his own heroin addiction in the past. He sentenced him to two and half years in prison.

Garda John O'Connell told Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting that the heroin was found in carrot jars and a plastic container in Cahill's home.

The family had been living there under a homeless scheme with Dublin City Council. A weighing scales, €2,210 in cash and other drug dealing paraphernalia were also found.

Cahill was not home at the time of the search but was stopped by Gda O'Connell later that afternoon and was later arrested and interviewed. He took full responsibility for the drugs found.

He told gardaí he had been dealing for about two weeks to pay off a drug debt. He had been moving about five ounces per week and claimed that his partner owned the cash found in his home.

Gda O'Connell said that while the 116 grammes of heroin found in Cahill's home was valued at €23,200 at the time, it has since deflated in value and was now worth €16,140.

Cahill has previous convictions for road traffic offences and theft but none since 2008.

Gda O'Connell accepted a suggestion from Caroline Biggs SC, defending, that when his partner died Cahill was aware that he would be going to jail and leaving his children without a parent. He and his children then moved to England.

Ms Biggs said her client returned to Ireland this year because his daughter wanted to be able to spend more time with her mother's family. He was arrested shortly after he arrived here.