Female prisoner rushed from Limerick Prison to hospital to have mobile phone removed after concealing it ‘internally’

David Hurley

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David Hurley

AN inmate at Limerick Prison who concealed a mobile phone internally had to be rushed to hospital to have it surgically removed, a court had heard.

AN inmate at Limerick Prison who concealed a mobile phone internally had to be rushed to hospital to have it surgically removed, a court had heard.

Deirdre O’Sullivan, 26, of Fairhill, in Cork City was sentenced to three months in prison for posession of the phone at the jail on March 6 of last year.

Outlining the facts of the case, Sgt Michelle Leahy, Henry Street, said the defendant approached prison officers at the Mulgrave Street jail and told them she had concealed the mobile phone “internally” and that she was unable to remove it.

The court was told O’Sullivan, who was serving a sentence in relation to a theft offence at the time, was immediately rushed to the Mid Western Regional Hospital where she underwent surgery to have the mobile phone removed from inside her body.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan, representing O’Sullivan, said her client had lost her priveleges at Limerick Prison for 30 days as a result of the incident.

“She lost phone calls and other privileges, such as access to the shop,” said Ms Ryan who urged the court to be as lenient as possible.

Ms Ryan added it was her client who had informed the authorities she was in possession of the mobile phone.

Convicting O’Sullivan, Judge Eamon O’Brien imposed a three month sentence to be served concurrently to the one she is now serving.