Wednesday 21 March 2018

Violent criminal gets more jail for hidden phone

Leroy Dumbrell is serving time for violent disorder. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Leroy Dumbrell is serving time for violent disorder. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Andrew Phelan

A violent criminal 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.

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.

Gardaí carried out a planned search of the single-occupancy cell at 10am and found the black phone down the back of the toilet.

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

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 Gda 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 at home.

Dumbrell told the detective "You bring me back to court and you'll regret it. Mark my word, you c***, I'll come after you one way or another."

Irish Independent

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