A Tipperary man was last week given a suspended sentence having been convicted of trying to bring a mobile phone into the Midlands Prison.
Before the Portlaoise District Court was Mark Kracke, of Clonmell, Tipperary.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence, that Kracke was visiting his stepson in the prison on December 16 last year, when he was detected with a package containing a mobile phone.
Insp Farrelly said Kracke claimed he had received a phone call and was threatened that if he didn’t bring in the phone his stepson would be hurt.
Kracke has one previous conviction for larceny, dating back to 1995.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client had no excuse, but he was otherwise of good character.
“He’s extremely concerned being in court and this has caused huge upset for him,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed a six-month sentence, suspended on Kracke’s own bond of €100.
Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal, on his own bond of €100 and an independent surety of €100.