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Sunday 20 April 2014

Girl (17) gets probation after admitting smuggling phone into Mountjoy prison

A TEENAGE girl caught smuggling a mobile phone into Mountjoy Prison has been spared punishment.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty at Dublin Children's Court today to a charge of conveying a mobile phone, a SIM card and a USB charger into Mountjoy during a visit on April 16 last year, with intent that it would come into the possession of a person in the jail.

The north Dublin girl, who was aged 16 at the time of the attempt to bring contraband into the jail, was accompanied to her hearing by her mother.

The court heard that the girl caught with the phone on her person after she went through screening at the jail.

The girl, who had three prior convictions for public order offences, faced other petty shoplifting charges. However, these were withdrawn after gardai decided to deal with her through a restorative justice caution via the Juvenile Diversion Programme.

Defence counsel Aoife McNickle asked the court to note that the girl is getting assistance from youth groups and attending addiction services. And she is taking part in diversion work in connection with the charges that have been dropped, she submitted.

Judge O'Connor applied the Probation Act.

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