Suspended sentences given for trying to bring drugs into the Midlands Prison

A 52-year-old Dublin woman who claimed she was threatened to bring cannabis into the Midlands Prison was one of a number of women convicted last week of supplying drugs into a place of detention.

A 52-year-old Dublin woman who claimed she was threatened to bring cannabis into the Midlands Prison was one of a number of women convicted last week of supplying drugs into a place of detention.

Paula O’Hare, 29 Moylaragh Rise, Balbriggan, Fingal, was searched at the Midlands Prison on July 19 this year and found to have cannabis herb valued at €100.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly said she cooperated fully when arrested. She had four previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.

Defence for O’Hare said she had been visiting her son in prison and had “felt threatened” to bring in the package of drugs.

Remarking that it was an extremely serious offence, Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

“You’ll know if pressure is put on you again not to do it,” Judge Staines told O’Hare.

In a separate case, Lisa McCarthy, 188 Pineview Gardens, Moyross, was caught with what Insp Farrelly described as “a small amount of cannabis” at the prison in April.

She was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

And Kate O’Dwyer, 52 James Connolly Park, Tipperary, was detected bringing in €50 of cannabis to the prison on August 18.

Her case was put back to December 11 for a probation report.