Thursday 17 January 2019

Man threw knives and €1k of heroin over prison fence

A MAN threw two deals of heroin and two knives over the perimeter fence of Mountjoy Prison, a court heard.

Shane Jackson (19), of Phoenix Street, Ballyfermot, stood on the roof of a house in Glengarrif Parade to throw the package before jumping down and running off in the direction of Mountjoy Garda Station.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of heroin, possession of knives and criminal damage on September 12, 2009. He had 19 previous convictions which were all dealt with in the District Court. He will be sentenced later.

Judge Tony Hunt adjourned the case until June to allow for a probation report after he commented that he could not have a situation where the conduct of prisons was interfered with.


"Things are difficult enough in prison without this kind of thing. There is already a threat to staff from inmates with knives," Judge Hunt said.

Garda Neil Cepeda agreed with Fiona Murphy, defending, that her client was "easily apprehended" within two minutes of the offence because he ran towards Mountjoy Garda Station when fleeing the scene.

He said this had "never happened in my experience" so he concluded that it must have been the first time Jackson had done such a thing because he had seemed "unaware of his surroundings".

Garda Cepeda told Elva Duffy, prosecuting, that the owner of the house called gardai after she saw a man climbing down from her roof onto the ledge above the door. Some tiles were damaged.

Joe Flemming, who was in control of the CCTV cameras surrounding the prison, also called gardai after he became suspicious of two men he spotted climbing on a nearby roof.

The package Jackson threw over was discovered in the D yard of the prison. It contained two knives, described as butterfly knives in court, and €1,100 worth of heroin. Ms Murphy said her client was "under no illusions" and knew he was facing "down the barrel of a gun" in terms of sentencing.


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