Probation for €5,000 of drugs in jail

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Probation for €5,000 of drugs in jail

An inmate of the Midlands Prison found in possession of almost €5,000 of drugs has been placed on a probation bond and told to seek help for his mental health issues.

Christian Hallihan, Castlemanor Crescent, Castlemartyr, Cork, was charged with bringing drugs into a place of detention.

When the case first came before the district court in January, 2018, Inspector Ger Glavin gave evidence that on May 2, 2016, while an inmate of the Midlands Prison, the accused was observed having a bag passed to him which contained drugs valued at €4,980. Among the drugs was cannabis, tablets, cocaine, amphetamines, diamorphine, and MDMA.

The accused had 50 previous convictions.

The case was adjourned a number of times within the last 12 months, for the accused to engage with the probation services.

When the case returned to last week’s court, defence for the accused said there were some positive aspects and some negative aspects to the most up to date report on the accused. Defence said that unfortunately there was a waiting list for mental health services of approximately four to five months.

Judge Catherine Staines placed the accused on a 12-month probation bond, with the condition that he go to the mental health services and get the help he needs.