Saturday 24 February 2018

Criminal jailed for stamping on man and threatening to kill garda has sentence extended after he's caught with phone in cell

Leroy Dumbrell
Leroy Dumbrell

Andrew Phelan

A CRIMINAL who was jailed for stamping on a man and threatening to kill a garda has been given another two months in prison for using a mobile phone in his cell.

Leroy Dumbrell (30), who is serving a seven-year sentence for violent disorder, had the phone hidden behind a toilet in his cell at Mountjoy prison when it was searched, a court heard.

Judge Alan Mitchell gave him a two-month consecutive sentence after hearing it was his third time being caught with a phone in jail.

Dublin District Court heard he had already been disciplined by being put in solitary confinement for 40 days and transferred to Cork.

Dumbrell, from Emmet Road, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to unlawfully having a mobile phone in the prison on June 6 last.

Dublin District Court heard gardai carried out a planned search of the single-occupancy cell at 10am and found the black phone down the back of the toilet.

Leroy Dumbrell
Leroy Dumbrell

Dumbrell, who is due for release in July 2019, had 71 previous convictions, the court heard.

The most recent was in January this year, which was his second conviction for having a mobile phone in prison.

He was sentenced to seven years for violent disorder and four for a threat to kill charge.

Dumbrell pleaded guilty to the latest charge at the earliest first opportunity, his solicitor Kate McGhee said. He had two children with his partner and needed to keep in contact with them, she said.

However, he knew having a mobile phone was a breach of prison rules and he had already suffered the harshest punishment for this, having spent 40 days in solitary confinement and having been moved to Cork prison, away from his family.

Judge Mitchell said in relation to the prior convictions for the same offence that Dumbrell "hadn't learned his lesson."

The judge said he understood that prisoners were allowed a certain number of calls and if their wives and children were on the list, they could ring them.

Dumbrell had been fined €99 for his last conviction. The judge said he was lucky he had not lost remission from his sentence.

Asked if he was from Dublin originally, Dumbrell replied: "yes."

Judge Mitchell said some people would like to be moved to Cork but Dublin people tended not to.

Passing sentence, he said he would have given a longer term but was taking into account the fact that Dumbrell had "suffered to some degree."

However, he added that he had to "send out a strong message."

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Last year, Dumbrell pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of violent disorder on November 27th, 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Detective Garda Ronan McMorrow on May 5th, 2015.

The circuit court heard at the time that Det Garda McMorrow had phoned Dumbrell on 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.

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