John Gilligan gets additional six months in jail for possession of a mobile phone
CONVICTED drugs dealer John Gilligan was today sentenced to a further six months in prison for possession of a mobile phone.
He pleaded guilty to the charge that he had the phone at Portlaoise District Court in 2010.
He is due for release from jail in April next year, but the court jailed him for six months to be served consecutively.
Gilligan who is seen as the father of modern organised crime, was cleared of the murder of Sunday Independent journalist Veronica Guerin in 2001.
He was originally sentenced to 28 years in prison for importing cannabis resin but this was reduced on appeal to 20 years.
Last year he received an eight month sentence for having a mobile phone in his prison cell at Portaloise in 2008 and today’s hearing was told that when he was in court on that charge he was seen by a garda detatching something from under a bench and dropping it into a bag containing his legal documents.
When he was searched the mobile phone was found.