A PRISONER caught with drugs inside Magilligan Jail claimed he received them from another unnamed inmate for his own personal use after organising for £250 to be handed over on the outside.
Remy Lafferty (40), with an address given as HM Prison Magilligan, appeared via video link from the jail at Coleraine Magistrates Court.
He admitted charges of possessing 27 grammes of cannabis resin and also five Pregablin tablets and four ‘Subutex’ tablets.
The drugs were discovered during a search of the defendant’s cell last July.
Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said following the death of the defendant’s father and other incidents Lafferty “took refuge in illegal narcotics”.
District Judge Peter King said if the sentence he handed down did not affect the defendant’s current release date of this July that would be akin to giving prisoners a “free pass” to offend and there would therefore be no incentive to be of good behaviour.
Instead, Lafferty was given a two months suspended jail sentence, which he has hanging over his head until next March.