CONVICTED killer Brian Rattigan has taken up acting in prison, producing and appearing in two pantomimes, a court had heard.
Rattigan, 32, from Cooley Road, Walkinstown in Dublin, was found guilty of running a drugs supply network by mobile phone from his cell in Port Laoise prison which is a maximum security prison.
He is set to be sentenced for the crime in the Special Criminal Court today.
During summing of in the case, Rattigan's defense barrister Brendan Grehan told the court that the convicted criminal had turned his life around while in prison taking up acting, catering courses and a number of courses on alternatives to violence to name but a few.
The Dubliner had produced and appeared in two Christmas pantomimes - The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella.
Mr Gehan told the court that the convicted killer and drug dealer had made the changes to his life because of his 10-year-old daughter Abbie.
Describing her as the "single most important factor in his life", Mr Grehan added that he now spends much of him time in the prison gym and had also undertaken a course in yoga and physio courses linked to his gym regime.
Mr Grehan presented a number of certificates to the court highlight how Rattigan had completed a Fetac level four certificate in catering. He had also received A grades in a number of course in addiction studies.
Rattigan had pleaded not guilty to the possession of heroin and two counts of possession of the drug for sale or supply on Hughes Road South, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 on May 21st, 2008.
The court heard that gardai who raided the house on Hughes Road South discovered five kilos of heroin valued at just under €1m and a red and white Nokia phone in a shed at the back of the property, while a search of a bedroom inside the house yielded just over €36,000 in cash.
The court heard from Det Sgt Brian Roberts from the Garda National Drugs unit who spelt out in detail the devastating impact that heroin has in society. He explained that in the year the drugs were discovered there were 641 drug related deaths.