Inmate caught with cannabis and phone thrown into Limerick Prison

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Cannabis herb and a mobile phone were thrown over a wall at Limerick Prison in a missile which was set on fire

Cannabis herb and a mobile phone were thrown over a wall at Limerick Prison in a missile which was set on fire

A PRISONER who was caught with cannabis and a mobile phone a short time after they were thrown over the wall of Limerick Prison has been fined €300.

Kenneth Sheehan,aged 31, who has an address at Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty pleaded guilty to two offences relating to the the incident on May 20, 2015.

Sergeant John Moloney, prosecuting, said shortly before the contraband was recovered, prison officers were alerted to an item having been thrown over the exterior wall of the prison.

He said the item which had been set on fire landed on netting above one of the excercise yards and that the contraband was retrieved by another inmate after the missile carrying them “melted”. 

Prison officers, he said, responded quickly and the drugs and mobile phone were seized from Sheehan a short time later.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the cannabis herb had a street value of around €50 and it was accepted the defendant  was only in possession of the items for a short time.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client, who has almost 80 previous convictions, is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence and is not due to be released until July 2020.

The defendant, she said, received a five year prison sentence last year for his role in a burglary offence. That sentence, she added, is consecutive to another sentence for a separate burglary offence.

Noting the defendant’s guilty plea and the length of the sentence he is currently serving, Judge O’Leary imposed a fined of €150 in relation to each of the offences.

She ordered that the fines be paid “forthwith” with a default provision of two weeks’ imprisonment if they are not paid.