Drugs and SIM cards brought into prison

Portlaoise courthouse.
A Limerick woman who tried to bring in drugs and SIM cards to a prisoner in the Midlands Prison has been ordered to engage with the probation service.

A Limerick woman who tried to bring in drugs and SIM cards to a prisoner in the Midlands Prison has been ordered to engage with the probation service.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Kim Tierney, 59 Craeval Park, Moyross, Limerick, who was caught at the Midlands Prison, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, on November 4 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Tierney was detected with 26g of cannabis herb worth €320, two SIM cards and a USB stick. The items were concealed in her underwear.

Tierney has no previous convictions.

Defence for Tierney was Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick explained that her client is a 26-year-old woman with one daughter. Her partner, the father of her daughter, is serving a sentence and she was visiting him on the day.

“She was put under pressure to bring in the items,” said Ms Fitzpatrick, adding that the items were not for the person she was visiting.

The matter was adjourned and put back to Tullamore District Court on February 19, 2014, for a probation report.