Grandmother Fined for Having Drugs Outside Bingo Hall
- Updated: January 22nd, 2015
Well this is an unusual story we bring you today!
Helen Heaphy, a 50 year old grandmother from Fairhall in Cork, Ireland, was caught outside a bingo hall in Cork city in possession of cocaine.
Cork District Court heard that Ms Heaphy was arrested on 9th July 2014 and charged with two counts due to having drugs on her person.
Garda Danielle Hegarty said Ms Heaphy was outside Rock Bingo on the Deanrock Industrial Estate in Togher, Cork on the night in question when she was arrested by gardaí.
When she was searched, cocaine worth €350 (approximately £268) was found in her possession.
Ms Heaphy subsequently pleaded guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and having the substance for sale or supply on the day of her arrest.
At Cork District Court Judge Leo Malone asked what the accused was doing with cocaine at a bingo hall. Ms Heaphy’s solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said there was no suggestion of her being in the bingo hall with cocaine.
“The event happened outside the bingo hall. At the request of someone she carried it to give to her. It was a stupid act which placed her (Ms Heaphy) at risk of imprisonment.
“She is 50 years old, she is separated, and is a mother and grandmother with responsibilities in relation to her family”, he said.
Mr Buttimer said Ms Heaphy co-operated fully with the Garda enquiry, and was very clear about her intention to plead guilty.
Mr Buttimer said Ms Heaphy had already returned and was playing bingo at the premises, due to the owner having consented to allow her to attend. One of the terms of her bail was that she not frequent the bingo hall.
The court heard of Ms Heaphy having previous convictions for possessing a drug and obstructing a drugs search. However, she has no previous convictions for dealing drugs.
She was fined €750 (about £575) for having the drug for sale or supply.