Still in company of celebs. . . PA joins 'Widow' in jail
Carol Hawkins last night joined some of Ireland's most notorious female criminals as she prepared to serve the seven-year sentence handed down by Judge Pat McCartan.
With a quarter remission off her sentence if she behaves while in jail, she is due to be released from custody in October 2017.
After leaving the court yesterday, she was taken to the Dochas women's centre within the Mountjoy complex in Dublin.
She will spend the first two nights in a cell on her own as part of a routine suicide watch for new inmates.
After that, Hawkins is unlikely to enjoy the comforts of a single cell. The Dochas centre has a bed capacity of 105 but last night it was crammed with 123 prisoners.
Among her more notorious near neighbours are 'Black Widow' Catherine Nevin, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband Tom; Sharon 'Lying Eyes' Collins, jailed for six years for soliciting a man to murder her partner; and the 'Scissor Sisters', Linda and Charlotte Mulhall, who were jailed for killing their mother's boyfriend.
Last night, the Prison Service denied reports that Hawkins had been taken to jail in a prison van marked with the security number U2.
A spokesman said a van with that number had been in the court precincts but was not used to transfer Hawkins to the Dochas centre.