Thursday 22 February 2018

Veronica Guerin's killer Brian Meehan caught with drugs behind bars

Brian Meehan
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Convicted killer Brian Meehan has been disciplined after he was caught with drugs behind bars.

The murderer, who is serving life for the brutal killing of Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin, was allegedly caught with vials of methadone and pills during a search at the maximum security Portlaoise Prison.

The items were discovered after Meehan started acting suspiciously during a prison visit.

Meehan (48), from Crumlin was handed a P. 19 report by the the governor and moved to the punishment A Wing. All of his privileges have been removed as a result of the seizure.

The late ‘Sunday Independent’ journalist Veronica Guerin
The late ‘Sunday Independent’ journalist Veronica Guerin

The Irish Mirror is reporting that Meehan is not a drug addict nor is he believed to use narcotics.

A source told the newspaper that staff were confused as to why he had the narcotics concealed on him.

"He met with the prison governor on Tuesday morning when he received a P19. He has lost any privileges he once had.

"Meehan is not a drug addict or user begging the question why he had them on him. Prison staff will continue to try and establish why he had them to determine if he was holding them for someone of supplying them to another inmate.

Portlaoise Prison
Portlaoise Prison

A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said this morning: "The IPS does not comment on individual cases."

Meehan is serving a life sentence for the murder of Ms Guerin who was shot dead on the Naas Road on June 26, 1996 while waiting at traffic lights. A motorcycle pulled up alongside her car and the pillion passenger discharged a number of shots.

Meehan was convicted by the Special Criminal Court in July 1999. It was the prosecution’s case that he drove the motorcycle.

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