Updated: 08/03/18 : 06:34:49
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Sligo man denies sending drugs into Castlerea prison - UPDATED

A Sligo man has denied a charge he sent drugs into Castlerea prison in the heels of a pair of runners in a postal package that also contained a Breaking Bad box set.

John Kennedy (32), Castleburn, Ballymote Co Sligo has pleaded not guilty to a charge that between April 9th and 10th, 2015, he conveyed a synthetic drug known as PVP into Castlerea prison.

He has also denied a charge of unlawful possession of the drug at Ballisodare Post Office on April 9th, 2015, at Sligo Circuit Court.

The Irish Times reports that prison officer Declan Deegan told the court a “suspicious package” was left at the main entrance He said it contained a pair of Adidas runners, a box set of DVDs of Breaking Bad, a series about a teacher who turns to making drugs, and an envelope addressed to an inmate in the prison.

When the shoes were examined, it was found they had “bungs” like golf tees on either heel. He said the bungs were taken out, the drugs put inside and then they were replaced.

Mr Deegan added that a blueish white powder wrapped in plastic was found in the heels.

Brian Duke (34) Cois Abhann, Collooney, who was due to stand trial along with Mr Kennedy, was re-arraigned. He has pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of PVP on a date between February 1st and April 9th at Cois Abhann, Collooney 2015.

UPDATE; 8th March.

The accused, John Kennedy has been found not guilty of the charge.

Judge Francis Comerford has today directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty after a submission from the defence during legal argument in the absence of the jury.

The judge directed the jury to find 32-year-old John Kennedy, Castleburn, Ballymote not guilty to a charge that between April 9 and 10 2015, he conveyed PVP a synthetic drug into Castlerea prison.

He directed the jury to also find the defendant not guilty of a charge of unlawful possession of the drug at Ballisodare Post Office on April 9 2015.