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Man jailed for handing drugs to children
8:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A MAN, who handed drugs to two children and pretended they were sweets, has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.
Anthony Nock, of Synge Street, was convicted of child cruelty after pleading guilty to dishing out prescription tablets and paracetamol to the youngsters, aged seven and 10.
The court heard how Nock had taken a concoction of tablets at the secluded Eagle Park industrial estate on April 21 before handing the drugs to the victims, telling them were tic-tacs.
It is unclear what drugs were given.
The children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police that they remembered feeling ‘scared’ and that Nock was acting ‘crazily’.
Defending, Graham Robinson said: “Nock told the children ‘that he was going to die’ before continuing to take more drugs.”
Nock, who has suffered from a personality disorder and depression, later passed out but was spotted by a passerby who called for an ambulance where he was taken to hospital and later arrested.
The children, who are now back with their mother, were also examined.
During the sentencing, the 43-year-old lashed out at his family and the victim’s mother, who were both sat in the public gallery.
On several occasion he could be seen grinning as details of the offence were read out in court.
Mr Robinson labelled his behaviour as ‘unjustified’ and ‘appalling’.
Nock has a number of previous convictions including a custodial sentence of 12 months, which was suspended for 24 months, in February 2012 after he was found guilty of assaulting his brother.
Judge Nicholas Woodward said: “You have shown no understanding of remorse for the harm that you have caused.
“In my judgement you are self-centred and selfish. You are prepared to go to extreme measures to hurt people.”
A restraining order was also imposed preventing contact with the victims and their mother.
David Nock was disgusted by his brother’s blatant disregard for what he had done.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Nock said: “We feel we have now received justice but it will never be enough for the damage he has caused.
“My brother’s behaviour in the court room showed no remorse and showed his controlling behaviour."
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