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Monday 22 October 2018

Prisoner caught with cell phone gets more jail time

Mountjoy Prison (stock image)
Mountjoy Prison (stock image)

A criminal serving a sentence for having €68,000 worth of cocaine and two handguns has been given more jail time after he was caught with a mobile phone in his cell.

Glen Holland (35) was handed a two-month prison term on top of the six-and-a-half years he is already serving after he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of the phone in Mountjoy Prison.

Gda Neil Cepeda told Dublin District Court that prison officers entered the cell last March 12 and found Holland with the phone.

He did not have permission from the governor to have it.

The court heard that Holl-and, of Rory O'Connor House, Hardwicke Street, Dublin 1, had 20 previous convictions, but none for a similar offence.

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His most recent conviction was last February, when he was jailed for six years and six months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as having drugs for sale or supply.

Father-of-one Holland was trying to make the best use of his time in prison and was taking a personal training course, his solicitor John Quinn said.

The defendant had given prison officers and gardai no difficulty and Mr Quinn asked Judge Bryan Smyth to take account of this and his guilty plea and to treat him as leniently as possible.

Judge Smyth said the two-month sentence was to run at the end of Holland's current jail term.

Holland did not address the court during the hearing.

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