A metal and glass installer who was caught with more than €90,000 worth of heroin in the back of his car has been given a suspended six-year sentence.
Adrzej Toszewski’s employer testified on his behalf in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and outlined how jailing him would be “devastating” to the company.
Toszewski (36) with an address in Old Tower Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing heroin for sale or supply at Citywest on July 10, 2015. He has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention in the five years since the offence.
Handing down a six-year sentence today, Judge Pauline Codd said there were a number of mitigating factors, including the fact that Toszewski had no criminal record, was isolated and suffering from depression at the time and was at the lower end of the hierarchy in terms of his drugs involvement.
She also took into account his work history and the fact that he is a skilled glass and metal installer who plays an important role in the company he works for.
The judge suspended the sentence in full on a number of conditions, including that Toszewski engage with probation services and attend any courses as directed.
Garda Peter Finan previously told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that Toszewski was pulled over in his car on the day in question after he was spotted using his phone while driving. He appeared to be deleting text messages, the court heard.
There was a strong smell of cannabis in the car, and a package containing €91,000 worth of heroin was discovered. Toszewski told gardaí he didn’t know what was in the package, adding: “I’m not a dealer.”
The court heard Toszewski had picked up the package from a person he didn’t know in Citywest. He was abusing cannabis at the time and was to be paid in drugs for delivering the package.
James Dwyer SC, defending, said his client was suffering from depression at the time of the offence, but has since married. He no longer uses cannabis.
He is originally from Poland and spent some time in the army there before moving to Ireland when he was in his twenties.
His employer, Joe Daly, told the court Toszewski started working for him in 2016 and has since become a team leader. Toszewski works at applying glass and metal to large buildings, a highly skilled job that involves working at great heights, the court heard.
“To lose Andy would be devastating to the company,” Mr Daly said.