A 21-year-old woman given a six-month suspended sentence was one of two people who appeared before last week’s district court charged with bringing drugs into the Midlands Prison.
Mary Moran, of 112 Kilcohan Park, Waterford, was charged with the supply of a controlled drug into the prison on February 22 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Moran was visiting her brother in prison and brought in a package containing 16 diazepam tablets and a quantity of cannabis resin.
She was arrested and cooperated fully. Moran has one previous conviction for theft.
Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said her client was “a good lady from a family of 12”.
Moran was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years on her own bond of €100.
Also before last week’s Portlaoise District Court was Anthony Long, with an address at 140 Pace Crescent, Clonee, Dublin.
Inspector Farrelly gave evidence that on December 24, 2012, Long attempted to pass an item to his brother in the visiting area of the Midlands Prison.
Four tablets were discovered wrapped in a napkin. Insp Farrelly said these were not a controlled drug, but were four sleeping tablets.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher explained that his client, a 30-year-old man, had been contacted by his brother, who was serving a sentence. Long’s brother had gone into custody some months earlier with a heroin problem and was undergoing a detox programme in jail.
Mr Meagher said Long had “foolishly acceded to the request and brought in the pills”.
“He accepts the seriousness and knows this behaviour can’t be tolerated,” said Mr Meagher.
“Surely the detox programme was dealing with his brother?” asked Judge Catherine Staines. “This was a very dangerous thing to do.”
Long was convicted and fined €200.