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Mum's the word Mum who claimed son was being bullied by warders nabbed smuggling cannabis into jail

Audrey Donaghy, who led a campaign against bullying at the high-security prison, also admitted a charge or common assault against a prison officer

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Audrey Donaghy speaks to the Sunday World about her son Kyle , who is in Maghaberry Prison. Pic Pacemaker

Audrey Donaghy speaks to the Sunday World about her son Kyle , who is in Maghaberry Prison. Pic Pacemaker

Kyle Donaghy is in Maghaberry Prison

Kyle Donaghy is in Maghaberry Prison

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Audrey Donaghy speaks to the Sunday World about her son Kyle , who is in Maghaberry Prison. Pic Pacemaker

A mum who complained her banged-up son was being bullied by prison officers has confessed to smuggling drugs into the jail.

Audrey Donaghy, who led a campaign against bullying at the high-security prison, also admitted a charge or common assault against a prison officer.

Mrs Donaghy was caught trying to smuggle cannabis into the jail on January 10 2019.

A week later she told the Sunday World her son had been severely beaten by three prison guards but failed to mention she'd just been caught trying to smuggle him drugs.

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Kyle Donaghy is in Maghaberry Prison

Kyle Donaghy is in Maghaberry Prison

Kyle Donaghy is in Maghaberry Prison

Appearing at Craigavon Crown Court by videolink last Tuesday, Donaghy, from Redcliffe Parade in east Belfast, denied further allegations of possessing cannabis and supplying the class B drug to another.

However, prosecuting lawyer Joseph Murphy said given her admissions to the other charges, those two counts could be "left on the books".

"She accepts that she brought the cannabis into prison and supplied it to her son," said the lawyer.

Her son Kyle Donaghy (24), from McAllister Mews, also in the east of the city, was arraigned on similar charges at the same court on Thursday.

He admitted a charge of possessing cannabis and although he denied common assault on the same date, defence counsel Richard McConkey conceded he was "not calling into question what the officer says happened and a lot of it is on CCTV."

In relation to Ms Donaghy, Judge Patrick Lynch QC ordered a pre-sentence probation report and freed her on continuing bail but did not set a date for sentencing.

The case against Kyle Donaghy is to be reviewed on October 21.

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Now we can reveal just days after she was caught smuggling cannabis into the prison Audrey Kane started a campaign against prison bosses, accusing them of failing to properly protect her son.

She claimed Kyle was assaulted by prison officers who had intimidated him into keeping quiet about it.

She said the then 21-year-old was left without food and water for days and then attacked, leaving him with a broken nose and other injuries.

And she alleged the Prison Service failed to make her aware and then lied about anything happening.

"I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Kyle doesn't end up in a coffin," said Audrey back in January 2019.

"He's in jail, I know he's done wrong but he's only 21, he's extremely vulnerable and he deserves to be treated like a human being.

"I don't trust the Prison Service to look after him properly so while he has no voice on the inside - I will be his voice on the outside."

She even told us about her son's drug problems but failed to mention her own.

"Kyle suffers from PTSD after he was badly assaulted a couple of years ago and he has had drug problems. I'm very concerned about how he is treated inside prison."

And she even contacted the PSNI and called on them to investigate what she described as a cover-up of abuse.

steven.moore@sundayworld.com

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