09 Aug 2022

22-year-old man tried to smuggle drugs into prison to help his brother


22-year-old man tried to smuggle drugs into prison to help his brother

A 22-year-old man who tried to smuggle diazepam into the Midlands Prison to help his brother has been given the benefit of the probation act after engaging fully with the probation services.

Before last week’s court was Ryan Kelly (22), with an address at 11 Canal Walk, Athy, Kildare.

He was charged with conveying drugs into a place of detention.

When the case first came before the court in September, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on August 4 this year, the accused was searched at the Midlands Prison and diazepam tablets worth €500 were found.

He had no previous convictions.

Defence, Mr Aonghus McCarthy said his client had never been in any sort of trouble before.

The accused lives at home with his mother and is the middle child, and his brother got into difficulties in his his teens and ended up on heroin.

His brother is now serving a sentence and other people in the prison told the brother to tell the accused to bring in the package, said Mr McCarthy.

Mr McCarthy said the accused did it to prevent injury to his brother, with his brother having suffered an injury before.

The matter was then adjourned to November 22 for a probation report.

At last week’s court, Judge Staines noted there was a very good report on the accused.

Saying this offence was clearly an isolated incident, Judge Staines applied the probation act, section 1.1.

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