Teen accused of feud murder caught with phone and sim card in Mountjoy

Mountjoy Prison
Mountjoy Prison

A teenager set to face trial over the murder of Daithi Douglas has been convicted of having a phone and sim card in Mountjoy.

Nathan Foley, 19, from Rosary Road, Dublin 8, was fined €198 after he pleaded guilty to two counts under the Prisons Act for possessing telecommunications devices at the jail on January 12 last.

The court heard prison officers entered his cell and recovered the phone.

A sim card was found on his person on a landing in the prison.

Judge Anthony Halpin heard at Dublin District Court that Foley had 25 prior criminal convictions, the latest being for unlawful possession of drugs and possessing drugs for the purpose of sale or supply.

Defence solicitor Aine Flynn told the court that as a result of the phone seizure, Foley was disciplined with reduced visits and limited access to the shop and other facilities in the prison.

He is currently a serving a six-month sentence.

Ms Flynn said Foley borrowed the phone.

The solicitor described him as "an impressionable young person with a history of keeping bad company".

She said that since going into custody he has been engaging in drug counselling, adding: "That would have been an issue for him on the outside."

Judge Halpin imposed two fines of €99 with one day's jail in default of payment. 

In February, Foley was charged with the murder of Mr Douglas at Bridgefoot Street in Dublin on July 1 last year.

In March, it was ruled that Foley would face trial at the three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court.