A FATHER-OF-TWO who tried to sneak a mobile phone into an inmate in Wheatfield prison by hiding it between his buttocks has avoided a jail term.
Anthony Boobey (32) of Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1 later told gardaí he was trying to get the phone to a relative.
He said a female relative of his had been put under pressure to bring the phone into the jail and that he didn’t want her to do it.
Boobey pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempting to supply a mobile phone to a prisoner on August 5, 2011.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring imposed a two year jail term which she suspended in full on condition that Boobey stay out of trouble for those two years.
She warned him that if he did come to garda attention in that time she would jail him for those two years and wished him “good luck” after he entered into his bond.
Judge Ring said Boobey had been given “a gamut of non-custodial sentences” to date having received fines, suspended sentences, peace bonds and community service orders.
She accepted a submission from his defence counsel Diana Stuart BL that he should be given credit for the fact that he has not come to garda attention since the offence.
Garda Patrick O’Toole told Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting, that prison officers discovered the phone after the metal detector went off as Boobey walked through it.
Gardaí were alerted and he was arrested. He later made full admissions in garda interview and said he knew it was illegal to bring a phone to a prisoner.
Boobey’s 32 previous convictions were all dealt with in the District Court and include drug offences and unlawful escape from custody.
Ms Stuart told Judge Ring that her client has since started to deal with a heroin addiction and said that his first appearance in the Circuit Court was a reality check.
“He is on his way to making more sound decisions in the future due to the fact that he is dealing with his drug habit,” Ms Stuart said.