10 Aug 2022

Woman who took phones into Midlands Prison given another chance


Woman who took phones into Midlands Prison given another chance

A woman who tried to smuggle two phones into the Midlands Prison has been given another chance to engage with the probation services.

Isabelle Prendergast, 20, of Carrick Vale, Edenderry, appeared before the court charged with bringing phones into the prison.

When the case first came before the court last June, Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on May 21, 2018, the accused was detected at the Midlands Prison with two mobile phones and chargers, which she admitted to trying to bring in.

She had no previous convictions, and Judge Catherine Staines agreed to adjourn the case last June for a probation report.

When the case returned to court last week, after reading the report Judge Staines remarked that the accused did not seem to be taking the matter very seriously.

Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said his client had got a job before Christmas and had contacted probation to say she would have difficulties attending one appointment due to her work.

He said the accused would say she did not receive any further appointments.

Mr Meagher said his client had been in contact with a drug counsellor and is now drug free, so she has hopefully turned a corner.

He said she had been clean of drugs for a number of months and had disassociated herself from her previous bad company.

Judge Staines said the accused had pleaded guilty, had no previous convictions and had lots of potential. Advising the accused to pursue her interest in design and continue with her education, Judge Staines said she was anxious to leave her without a conviction, but told the accused she needed the help of the probation services.

Adjourning the case for six months, Judge Staines told the accused if she attended her appointments she should have nothing to worry about.

The case was put back to October 3.

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