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Jail mum hid drugs in child's nappy

A MOTHER of one was caught by prison officers putting a bag of cannabis into her child's nappy as she visited her partner in prison, a court heard.

Mary O'Brien (25) claimed she forgot the cannabis was in her bra and she panicked and decided to put it into her son's nappy.

She denied the cannabis was for her partner.

Judge John Lindsay fined the defendant €100.

O'Brien, of The Printworks, Dargle Road in Bray, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to bringing a controlled drug into a prison. The incident took place at Wheatfield Prison around 2pm on January 14 last.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said prison officers saw O'Brien put a small bag of cannabis into her child's nappy.

She was stopped by prison officers and the drug, worth about €40, was found in the child's nappy.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said O'Brien claimed the cannabis was for her own personal use.

Ms Jackson said O'Brien kept the cannabis in her bra for safety, away from her baby. However, she forgot about it and "panicked" when she realised she had brought the drug into Wheatfield Prison, and foolishly tried to hide it in the child's nappy.

The court heard that O'Brien and her child, a two-year-old boy, were in Wheatfield Prison to visit her long-term partner who was serving a sentence at the time.

Ms Jackson said the defendant was using cannabis on a daily basis at the time as she was very stressed but she is no longer smoking cigarettes or cannabis.

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