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The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co. Laois

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co. Laois

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise, Co. Laois

A WOMAN who bought two deals of heroin into a prison in her mouth was intimidated into doing it by other individuals, a court heard.

Anita Dunne (40) claimed she was forced to bring the drug into the prison after a man was murdered in her house.

Judge David McHugh imposed a one-month sentence but suspended it for six months.

The defendant, with an address at Cappagh Avenue in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to bringing a controlled drug into a prison.

The offence, contrary to the misuse of drugs act, took place at the Midlands Prison in Port Laoise on June 12, 2013.

Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said Dunne was stopped going into the Midlands Prison. She was searched by prison officers and was found with approximately €50 worth of heroin in her mouth.

The court heard that the defendant has eight previous convictions, all for road traffic matters.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Dunne, who is on social welfare, is a separated woman with five children.

He said she has no previous convictions for this type of offence.

intimidated

In relation to the incident, Mr Hanahoe said Dunne was intimidated by other individuals into bringing the heroin into the prison.

The solicitor said a man was murdered in Dunne's house some time ago, and another individual has since been convicted in relation to that incident. That person is now serving life in prison.

As a result of the murder, Mr Hanahoe said Dunne received a telephone call from an individual and she was ordered to meet a number of people and asked to do certain things.

The court heard that Dunne was frightened and terrified, and was coerced into doing what she did.

The solicitor said that Dunne was more afraid of what might happen if she didn't do what she was asked to do rather than what might happen to her if she was caught by gardai.

Mr Hanahoe also said that Dunne has suffered from mental health problems, and was "very vulnerable" at the time of this incident.

Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McHugh said it was a very sad situation.

He said it was "man's inhumanity to man", adding it was incredible what criminals do to others in relation to preying on vulnerable people.

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