Tuesday 24 September 2019

Face of mum who tried to smuggle drugs into prison inside Kinder egg

Audrey McMahon had previous drug convictions
Audrey McMahon had previous drug convictions
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

A mother-of-three has admitted trying to smuggle drugs into a jail in a child's Kinder Surprise egg while visiting a relative.

Audrey McMahon (38) was caught bringing the drugs in for the man, who was serving a sentence in Wheatfield Prison.

Blanchardstown District Court heard he had asked her to do it because he was coming under pressure in jail.

Judge David McHugh gave McMahon a 10-month suspended sentence and said she would be jailed if she offended again.

The accused, of Strand Street Little, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to being in possession of €80 worth of cannabis while in the vicinity of the prison at Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin, with intent to bring it in.

Sgt Mary Doherty said McMahon was stopped while visiting the prison in August last year and had a Kinder egg "concealed on her person". The court heard she had previous convictions for drugs offences.

At the time of the prior offences, she had been living with a drug user, there was a garda search of the house and she took responsibility for the drugs found, her barrister Jennifer Jackson said. McMahon was unemployed, but had previously worked at a deli counter. She had her first child at the age of 18.


The jailed relative had been under pressure in prison, was phoning her and she went to Wheatfield with the drugs.

She made full admissions and was "holding her hands up", Ms Jackson said.

Judge McHugh said it was a serious offence which was contrary to the good order and running of a prison. He suspended the sentence for two years.

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