Wednesday 20 February 2019

Teen tried to pass drugs and charger to brother in jail

Ryan Boyle was caught by staff at Wheatfield Prison
Ryan Boyle was caught by staff at Wheatfield Prison

A teenage visitor was caught by prison staff as he tried to hand over a package containing drugs and a phone charger to his jailed brother.

Ryan Boyle (19) admitted attempting to smuggle the items at Wheatfield Prison.

Judge David McHugh ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in June.

The defendant, of Sheephill Green, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to attempting to take drugs into the prison.

The offence took place at Wheatfield Prison on February 3 last year.

Gda Shane Harten said Boyle was visiting his brother when prison staff saw him trying to hand over a package.

Gda Harten said it contained €26 worth of cocaine, a mobile phone charger and 96 zimovane tablets.


The court heard Boyle had six convictions.

He had previously admitted failing to pay a taxi fare at Sheep- hill Park and failing to follow the directions of gardai at Sheep- hill Avenue last February 12.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Boyle was the second eldest of five children.

He added that the defendant had avoided any serious criminality, and that much of his offending behaviour had been on the "coat-tails" of his older brother, who was now incarcerated. 

Mr Fleming said Boyle's brother was a "forceful" character, and in relation to this matter there was an element of him having "dominion" over the defendant.

The solicitor said Boyle had grown up in unusual circumstances, and there would have been people in and out of his home who had alcohol and substance problems.

Mr Fleming said Boyle was attending a training course and would benefit from working with the Probation Ser- vice.

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