Mum stopped with drugs at Limerick prison

Anne SHERIDAN

Reporter:

Anne SHERIDAN

The defendant was intercepted by gardai before she got to the search area at Limerick Prison
A MOTHER has been given a suspended sentence for trying to bring drugs to her son who is incarcerated in Limerick prison on a manslaughter charge.

A MOTHER has been given a suspended sentence for trying to bring drugs to her son who is incarcerated in Limerick prison on a manslaughter charge.

Josephine Dinan, 42, with an address at Clarehill, Clarecastle, was charged with the offence of supplying drugs in the prison on August 15, 2012. The court heard she was stopped by gardai before she got to the search area at the Mulgrave Street jail and was surprised by the sudden interception by gardai, but made full and frank admissions when arrested. The value of the 32 alprazolam, or relaxant tablets was €64.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said that her client had been put under “immense pressure” to bring the drugs to the prison as she feared for the safety of her son in relation to other individuals influencing him, but “wasn’t happy doing what she did”.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly said if she had “gotten away with this her son would have been under greater pressure”.

The judge ruled against imposing a custodial sentence, but said there was a need to protect her from further coercion.

He imposed a two-month sentence, suspended for two years on her own good behaviour.

Her son Kevin Dinan, of Clarehill, Clarecastle, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Brian Casey, a Co Clare school teacher in Ennis, on 26 December 2009. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2010, to run consecutive to a sentence of two years he was serving at the time on another matter.

Mr Casey, 26, a native of Lissycasey, Co Clare, died after he was assaulted at O’Connell Square in the town on St Stephen’s night.

Harry Dinan, of Waterpark Heights, Ennis, also pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a five-year sentence.