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Sunday 22 October 2017

Boy tried to smuggle pills into jail in Kinder egg

Tom Tuite

A TEENAGE boy, who used a Kinder Surprise chocolate egg in a bid to smuggle tranquilliser tablets into a Dublin jail, has been spared a custodial sentence.

Normally the popular child's treat contains a plastic capsule with a small toy, but the 16-year-old boy had 36 diazepam tablets in it when he was stopped during a visit to Wheatfield prison, Judge John O'Connor has heard. He pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children's Court to a charge under the Misuse of Drugs Act for conveying a controlled drug into a prison or to a person in prison, on June 4, 2012.

Garda Neil McGrath told Judge O'Connor that while at the prison the teenager was stopped and "removed a Kinder egg from his person and handed it over.

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"It contained 36 tablets, which were found to be diazepam, a controlled drug", Gda McGrath said. The court heard the boy had no prior criminal convictions and is getting help from social services.

He was accompanied to his hearing by a woman who has taken him in, the judge heard.

Judge O'Connor was furnished with a welfare report on the boy and his family background, and he heard that he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Lorraine Stephens, defending, said the boy was now taking part in pro-social activities and is in an educational course.

Judge O'Connor noted that the boy's attendance record at his course was excellent and a pre-sentence report recommended a period of supervised probation. He imposed a nine-month probation bond on the boy, meaning he will avoid a possible term in a detention centre if he continues to address his offending.

Irish Independent

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