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Guilty plea Dublin grandad agreed to smuggle drugs into prison 'after face sliced'

The accused had been put under pressure to carry out the offence, his lawyer said.


Dean White

Dean White

Dean White

A GRANDFATHER caught smuggling drugs to his brother in prison was under threat from people who came to his home and sliced his face with a knife, a court has heard.

Dean White (53) agreed to take the package after the assailants also punched his wife and warned there would be worse if he did not do what he was told, his defence said.

Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case for a probation report and to get the “full background”.

White, of Dunne Street Flats, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to taking drugs into Wheatfield Prison.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that prison workers saw the accused pass a package to an inmate on February 26 last year.

The incident was viewed on CCTV and gardaí were called.

Analysis of the drugs in the package found it contained €1,176 worth of heroin and alprazolam tablets worth €172.

The DPP consented to the case being dealt with summarily in the district court on a guilty plea only.

Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction after hearing an outline of the facts.

White’s brother had been serving a sentence and some people accosted the accused.

They went to his house, his wife was punched in the face and he was “sliced with a knife and told in no uncertain terms if he were not to do this, he would get worse” for him, his brother and his family.

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White had been sober for a year-and-a-half and had not come to the attention of gardaí in recent years, bar “one slip” when he was convicted of simple possession of drugs.

The accused had five children and one grandchild.

“I don’t like sending a grandfather into prison,” Judge Jones said.

He wanted to find out more about whether the accused had been under threat and injured, and requested a probation report.

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