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Prisoner who asked prison officer to hand cannabis joint to another inmate fined

By George Jackson

A prisoner who passed a cannabis joint to a prison officer and asked him to hand it over to another inmate, was fined £100 at the Magistrate's Court in Derry on Thursday.

David Gerard McCloskey, 27, from Clooney Terrace in the Waterside area of the city pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis inside Maghaberry Prison on June 22, 2014.

A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told District Judge Barney McElholm that McCloskey handed the joint over to the prison officer saying it was a rolled up cigarette for another prisoner.

However the prison officer became suspicious of the item and when it was forensically examined it was found to be a cannabis joint.

McCloskey, who had thirty-eight previous criminal convictions, was serving a jail sentence at the time for motoring offences, one of which involved a child who was seriously injured in a road traffic incident in the Rosemount area of Derry.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said the case was a good example of how cannabis impacted on a person's decision making processes.

"He made a bad call, a bad decision, to ask the prison officer to pass the cannabis joint to another serving prisoner and he has now paid the consequences for that", he said.

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