A prisoner of the Midlands Prison who was caught with a mobile phone in custody has been given additional jail time to run concurrent to the sentence he is already serving.
Before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Michael Coleman.
Detective Garda Padraic Ryan told the court that when he charged the accused, Coleman made no reply.
Inspector Oliver Baker gave evidence that on February 27 this year, the accused was found with a mobile phone at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.
The accused had 19 previous convictions, including one for the similar offence of having a phone while in custody.
He is serving a sentence for robbery, with a release date of 2020.
Defence, Ms Louise Troy said that her client had been an enhanced prisoner and he had been punished internally for the offence, receiving 28 days’ punishment.
This included not being allowed to use the tuck shop, and not receiving any visits.
Ms Troy went on to say that Coleman is now doing quite well in prison and is hoping to go to an open prison soon.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed one month in prison, to run concurrent to the sentence Coleman is currently serving.