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Friday 14 December 2018

Ex-jockey sneaked drugs to prisoner

A FORMER jump jockey who passed a prisoner an illegal substance while he was visiting him in a garda station has been sentenced to six months.

James McGuinness (26) denied he brought anything into the garda station, claiming that officers were "lying through their teeth".

However, Judge Patrick McMahon said he didn't believe one word out of the defendant's mouth.

The defendant, of Harelawn Drive in Clondalkin, was found guilty before Blanchardstown District Court of obstructing gardai under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977.

Garda Stephen Moloney said he was on duty at Ronanstown Garda Station shortly before 2pm on July 13 last year when McGuinness came into the station asking to see his alleged stepbrother. Gda Moloney said McGuinness was aware the visit would be supervised by gardai. He was also informed there was to be no contact between the pair.



Swallowed

The garda said McGuinness greeted the prisoner, and he saw he was holding something, so he shouted, "what's in your hand".

Garda Moloney said McGuinness threw a clear package to the prisoner who put it in his mouth and swallowed it.

The defendant claimed he gave the prisoner a hug, and the garda shouted at the prisoner, and then grabbed him by the throat.

He denied passing a substance to the prisoner, and claimed gardai were "lying through their teeth".

The court heard McGuinness has 61 previous convictions, mostly for road traffic matters.

Defence lawyer said the defendant was a professional jump jockey, who spent a year working in Australia, but his use of drugs put an end to a promising career.

He has three children, is now stabilised on methadone and is learning to read and write.

Judge McMahon sentenced him to six months in prison.

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