“One less drug dealer” judge says as he jails man for four years

Robert Kealy
Robert Kealy

A judge has told a heroin dealer he was jailing him for four years “to have one less drug dealer” on the streets.

Robert Kealy (43) was arrested after gardaí stopped him and found him in possession of heroin with an estimated street value of €7,598.

Garda Paddy Farrell told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that he had stopped Kealy after he saw him acting suspiciously outside The Barge Pub in Dublin city.

A follow up search of Kealy's home at the time led to the discovery of weighing scales and drug dealing “tick lists”.

Kealy of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin pleaded guilty to possession of heroin for sale or supply at Charlemont Mall on August 31, 2015.

Judge Patrick McCartan said that the only thing he could do was to jail Kealy, to take him off the streets.

He said this would mean "one less dealer, one less piece in the jigsaw that maintains this nefarious industry that causes so much harm".

He said Kealy was selling drugs to feed his own habit despite medical reports which warned he was in danger of facing amputations if he continued to abuse heroin.

Judge McCartan imposed a five year sentence but suspended the last year on condition that he come under the supervision of the Probation Services for that period.

Kealy's 42 previous convictions include drug dealing, assault, theft, burglary and criminal damage.

Sarah-Jane Callaghan BL, defending, said that her client was a chronic drug user. She said he realised better than anybody else the damage he was doing to others.

She said Kealy knew his drug dealing caused misery and she said he was deeply sorry. Garda Paddy Farrell agreed with counsel that Kealy was the perfect person to be used to distribute these drugs across the city.

He said that Kealy was a trusted member in the community of drug users and other drug users would trust him and approach him.