A Dublin crime gang "enforcer" jailed for two vicious assaults has been charged with having a mobile phone in prison.
Scott Capper (26), who is serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence for injuring two men in separate pub attacks, appeared in court accused of unlawfully having a phone in Mountjoy. Judge Marie Quirke adjourned the case against him at Dublin District Court.
Capper, of Cappagh Green, Finglas, is considered to be a right-hand man of the local drugs gang boss nicknamed Mr Flashy.
He is alleged to have had the phone last February 20.
The prosecuting garda told Judge Quirke he arrested the accused before the court and he made no reply to the charge after caution. He was handed a copy of the charge sheet.
The garda said the DPP directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.
Judge Quirke made an order for disclosure of prosecution statements at the request of defence solicitor Michele Finan. Ms Finan said bail had to be fixed because it was a new charge and there was no garda objection. "He's in Mountjoy at the moment," she said.
"Is he there for the foresee- able future?" the judge asked.
Ms Finan replied: "Yes."
Judge Quirke set bail in Capper's own bond of €50, with no cash lodgment or conditions required. She also granted free legal aid.
Capper, wearing a face mask and black "Love Moschino" T-shirt, signed his new bail bond before the case was adjourned to a date in November.
He will be expected to indicate how he intends to plead to the charge on that date.
Capper was jailed for three-and-a-half years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in July last year.
He pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Jaroslaw Gaska at The Morgan Hotel, Fleet Street, Dublin 2, on Aug-ust 8, 2016 and assault causing harm to Nevil Picton at Sin nightclub, Temple Bar, on Oct-ober 2, 2016.
The court heard at the time that he punched Mr Gaska in the face, breaking his jaw, when the man touched Capp-er's girlfriend's hair after admiring it and telling her "it was lovely".
Two months later, Capper punched Mr Picton "in an uppercut fashion" in an unprovoked assault.
Before that, Capper's most serious criminal conviction was for his role in a violent disorder incident at the Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas, in 2017.