A prisoner who died in his cell after taking a cocktail of drugs smuggled a stash of tablets into jail under the cover of shaking hands with a visitor, a court has heard.
Former soldier David Kincaid took around 100 so-called `Blues` from the palm of the visitor's hand and then pushed them up his sleeve, an inquest was told.
The 37-year-old from Belfast then managed to pass through a search point without prison guards detecting the Diazepam type tablets.
A day later Kincaid collapsed and died in his cell in Magilligan prison in Co Londonderry.
A post mortem found he had ingested Diazepam, Ecstasy tablets (MDMA) and the drug Propranolol.
At Belfast`s Coroner's Court, Kincaid`s cousin Darren Harbinson, who was then a fellow inmate, gave his account of the events leading up to the death in September 2006.
He said Kincaid, having failed to get Diazepam prescribed by a prison doctor, had used a mobile phone to order the illegal drugs and arranged to get them at a visit.
"They were passed over by a handshake and he then put them up his sleeve," he claimed.
Kincaid, from Ballysillan Avenue, was serving a four year sentence for drugs offences. He had spent nine months in prison when he died.
The day after he received the drugs, Mr Harbinson told the court his cousin took at least ten Diazepam tablets in the afternoon.