Brought drugs into prison

Two women appeared before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court in separate cases of attempting to smuggle in drugs to the Midlands Prison.

Two women appeared before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court in separate cases of attempting to smuggle in drugs to the Midlands Prison.

Jessica O’Leary, 1 Cathleen Cottage, Maiden Street, Newcastle West, was charged with two counts of drug possession, and one count of supply into prison, on December 10, 2013.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that she was detected in the search area of the prison with a package containing tablets and heroin.

She had previous convictions for road traffic offences.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that O’Leary’s ex-partner, the father of her three children, had been serving a sentence. O’Leary received a call from a woman informing her that her ex-partner was in trouble in prison and if O’Leary brought in the package it would help him.

She knew there were tablets in the package, but did not know about the heroin, said Mr Breen. She co-operated fully with the gardaí when arrested.

O’Leary was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Also charged with drug possession, and supply into prison, was Elaine Ryan, with Dublin addresses including 534 North Circular Road, Dublin 7.

Insp Farrelly gave evidence that Ryan was detected at the Midlands Prison on July 28 this year, with 27g of cannabis wrapped in a condom.

She had three previous convictions, two for road traffic and one for criminal damage.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said Ryan, a 32-year-old single mother, is now addressing her drug habit. She hopes to move out of Dublin, defence said.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

Ryan was also convicted of driving off without paying for petrol, from Dunnes Filling Station, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, on April 8, 2013.

As Ryan had already paid €20 compensation, Judge Staines took this offence into consideration in her ruling.