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Dad-of-five walks free after trying to smuggle cannabis to jailed son

A FATHER-of-five who was caught trying to smuggle cannabis into Wheatfield Prison to give to his teenage son has avoided a prison sentence.

Pascal Gleeson (54) told a court his son is serving a life sentence and the family are gravely concerned about his safety.

A judge ordered him to complete 100 hours community service in lieu of 90 days in jail.

The matter was before the court for sentencing after Judge Brian Sheridan ordered a community service report.

Gleeson, of Eaton Road, Terenure, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of cannabis.

The incident took place at Wheatfield Prison, Clondalkin, around 12.30pm on March 20.

Garda Bernard Eustace said Gleeson, an unemployed truck driver, was stopped by prison officers who asked him if they could search him.

Garda Eustace said that before he could be searched, Gleeson handed over cannabis with a street value of €70.

He was taken to Ronanstown Garda Station where he admitted he was asked to give the drug to his son by a third party.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Gleeson had always worked until he was made redundant three years ago. He is separated and has five children.