Brought drugs into prison

A TWENTY year old Carlow man who thought he was ‘doing his brother a favour’ by bringing in drugs when he visited him in Midlands Prison, was convicted and given a six month suspended sentance at Portlaoise District Court last Thursday, April 4.

Brian Condron of 112 Riverview Close, Carlow was going in to visit his brother on September 18 last, when he was searched and found to have €60 worth of tabs. He had two previous convictions, the most recent being last October in Carlow court for the cultivation of cannabis.

Defending solicitor Philip Meagher told Judge Catherine Staines his client would say his judgement was impaired at the time of the visit, as he had been using drugs.

“He thought he was doing his brother a favour, he didn’t ask him to bring drugs in. The order made in Carlow has served as a watershed, through his own efforts and that of his GP, he is now completely clean of drugs. He is halfway through a FáS course in health related fitness,” Mr Meagher said.

Judge Staines sentenced Condron to six months detention, but suspended it for one year.


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