independent

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Prisoner on phone as cell searched, trial told

BRIAN Rattigan was talking on a mobile phone when gardai arrived to search his cell in Portlaoise Prison, a court heard.

Detective Garda Gary Proudfoot said that when he and two other detectives entered the cell, Rattigan threw the phone in their direction and tried to grab a SIM card on the bed before he was handcuffed.

Rattigan (31), with a last address at Cooley Road, Drimnagh, has 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 on May 21, 2008.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the possession of two mobile phones in Portlaoise Prison on May 22, 2008.

The court heard that gardai who raided a house on Hughes Road South found 5kg of heroin valued at over €1m in a shed on the property.

The trial at the Special Criminal Court continues on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Independent.ie on Twitter

More

Most Read

Daily Deals

Independent Gallery

Your photos

Send us your weather photos promo

Celebrity News