Wednesday 17 January 2018

Boy (15) caught bringing phones and almost 200 sedative tablets into prison on visit

Mountjoy Prison in Dublin (Stock Image)
Mountjoy Prison in Dublin (Stock Image)

Tom Tuite

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy tried to smuggle two mobile phones and almost 200 sedative tablets to a cousin in Mountjoy Prison, a court has heard.

He pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to conveying drugs and contraband into the prison on April 21 last year.

Garda Paul Griffin responded to a call from the jail and went to the search area where prison officers had detained the now 16-year-old boy.

Judge John O’Connor heard that the boy had gone on a visit to the prison with a woman who was in a relationship with his cousin.

When questioned if he had anything in his possession he removed a cling film wrapped package from his groin area.  The package contained two mobile phones, 97 Alprazolam and 99 Diazepam tablets, the court was told.

Gda Griffin agreed that the teenager had been the company of a woman who was the girlfriend of his cousin.

Judge O’Connor noted the teen’s personal circumstances but said it was a serious case involving two phones and a significant amount of tablets.

Sentencing was adjourned for a probation report to be furnished to the court. The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, was remanded on continuing bail to appear again in June.

The judge asked the prosecuting garda for information from the Prison Service in relation to the effects of this type of crime.

The teenager, who did not address the court, is also awaiting trial over an alleged robbery.

Defence counsel Damian McKeone told the court the boy has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and it was difficult to find a suitable mainstream school for him, however, he on an educational course.

The court heard he had developed a problem with tablets and smokes cannabis.

The judge remarked that these were not mitigating factors and in some cases they can be aggravating factors.

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