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Dad smuggled drugs into prison after death threat

A FATHER-of-one smuggled drugs into a Dublin prison on the orders of a stranger who threatened the life of a family member serving time there.

Paul Sheridan (26) felt he had “no option” but to agree to bring pills and cannabis to Wheatfield prison after getting the “real and credible threat” by phone.

Judge David McHugh remanded him on bail at Blanchardstown District Court to establish if he is suitable for community service instead of a five-month jail term.

Sheridan, with an address at Sugar Loaf View, Sea Road, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow, pleaded guilty to bringing a controlled drug into Wheatfield on March 23, 2013.

Sgt Mary Doherty said the accused was caught with rolls of paper containing 10 tablets worth €150 and cannabis valued at €20.

He had a large number of previous convictions, some of which were for drugs offences.

Sheridan accepted that his prior record did not “bode well for him”, but he was anxious to avoid a prison sentence, his barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said.

Sheridan had a six-year-old daughter and his girlfriend was expecting another child. She was working as a hairdresser, while the accused was looking after their daughter full time.

On the day of the offence, he got a phone call from a stranger threatening the life of his relative who was in prison.

“At the time, he believed it to be a real and credible threat and he had no option but to comply,” Mr MacLoughlin said.

The case was adjourned.