Criminal jailed for stamping on man and threatening to kill garda caught using phone in cell
A CRIMINAL who was jailed for stamping on a man and threatening to kill a garda has been caught using a mobile phone in his prison cell.
Leroy Dumbrell (30), who is serving a seven-year sentence for violent disorder, had the phone in his cell at Mountjoy prison when it was searched, a court heard.
Judge Anthony Halpin convicted him and fined him €99.
Dumbrell, from Emmet Road, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to unlawfully having a mobile phone and SIM card in the prison on October 16 last year.
Dublin District Court heard gardai charged him with the offences at 10.05am this morning and he made no reply to either count after caution.
He was handed copies of the charge sheets.
The court heard gardai carried out a search of the single-occupancy cell and found the mobile phone with a SIM card inside.
The court heard the defendant had 69 previous convictions for offences including having a phone in prison, as well as threatening to kill or cause serious harm and violent disorder.
Dumbrell had pleaded guilty at the earliest available opportunity, his lawyer said.
He told Judge Halpin Dumbrell had been subject to internal prison discipline.
The judge noted that the accused had “done this before” and fined him €99, to be paid forthwith, with a sentence of one day in prison in default.
He also granted free legal aid to the accused, with no garda objection.
Dumbrell, wearing a light grey Adidas tracksuit with black stripes, did not address the court during the brief hearing.
Last year, Dumbrell pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of violent disorder on November 27, 2013.
He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow on May 5, 2015.
The circuit court heard at the time that Det Garda McMorrow had phoned Dumbrell to advise him he was in danger of breaching his bail conditions after gardaí called to his home and found he was not there.
Dumbrell told the detective:“You bring me back to court and you’ll regret it. Mark my words you c***” and I’ll come after you one way or another.”
In the violent disorder incident, Dumbrell was one of a group of men who took part in an assault on another man on a street in Ballymun.
A number of children witnessed the assault, during which Dumbrell stamped on the victim’s leg as he lay prone on the ground.