Mother’s concern led to drugs into prison

A 48-year-old woman who claimed she was told her windows would be broken if she didn’t agree to bring drugs into the Midlands Prison was one of a number of women who appeared at last week’s district court, in separate cases of supplying drugs into a place of detention.

A 48-year-old woman who claimed she was told her windows would be broken if she didn’t agree to bring drugs into the Midlands Prison was one of a number of women who appeared at last week’s district court, in separate cases of supplying drugs into a place of detention.

Margaret Bradshaw, of 11 Gort An Oir, Strylea, Fethard, Tipperary, was detected at the prison on November 21 last year, with cannabis resin hidden on her person. Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that she had no previous convictions, and cooperated fully with the gardaí when arrested.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said Bradshaw had received a telephone call from her son, who was serving a sentence, claiming that he was under pressure from people on the outside. Defence claimed that Bradshaw herself was contacted, and threats were made that her windows would be put in and she would suffer repercussions if she did not agree. Mr Meagher said that her windows had been broken before by associates of her son, and out of concern for her son’s welfare she acceded to the request.

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

Also before the court was Winnie Sherlock, 5 Marine View, Athlone, charged with bringing in tablets and cannabis, valued at €100, on December 31 last year.

Insp Farrelly said she cooperated fully when arrested, and had no previous convictions for drugs.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had made no gain from the action and had been unaware of what was in the package she brought into the prison. Ms Fitzpatrick also said that Sherlock is no longer in the relationship with the man she had been visiting in prison on the day, and her priority now is looking after her two-year-old child.

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

In a separate case, Leighanne McCarthy, with an address at Cabra Court, Thurles, was charged with supply into the prison on January 29 this year.

Insp Farrelly gave evidence that she was detected attempting to bring in a package of drugs and was arrested, cooperating fully with the gardaí.

Inside the package were tablets and cannabis resin, valued at €70.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that McCarthy had never used drugs. She was visiting her father in the prison and pressure was put on her to bring in the drugs. She made no gain from the offence, Ms Fitzpatrick said.

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

And Mary O’Connor, 104 Greenfields, Rossbrien, Limerick, was charged with supply into the prison on June 14 last year.

Her case was put back to November 6, for a guilty plea to be entered or for a hearing date to be fixed.