Charges against Mark Kennedy involved his partner Emma Jane McParland who was later murdered by Jordan Kennedy
A 42-year-old man who passed drugs to his partner – who was later murdered by their son – via a kiss whilst she was detained at Hydebank has avoided being sent to jail.
Mark Kennedy admitted conveying both heroin and Pregabalin into the women's prison in July 2019, and was handed a two year sentence which was suspended for two years.
The partner he passed the drugs to, Downpatrick Crown Court heard, was Emma Jane McParland who was murdered by their son Jordan Kennedy in April 2020.
Last week the 23-year-old was handed a minimum sentence of 14 years after he admitted stabbing his 39-year-old mother in her Haywood Avenue home.
Regarding the offences committed by Mark Kennedy, it emerged that on the afternoon of July 17, 2019 he visited his partner Ms McParland at Hydebank.
During the visit, Kennedy was captured on the CCTV system kissing her, and shortly after the kiss Ms McParland was seen taking something out of her mouth which she then put in her right hand.
She was spoken to by prison staff and a wrap containing 0.14 grams of heroin and two Pregabalin tablets was seized from her.
Following the discovery, Kennedy was arrested at Hydebank and initially denied passing the drugs to his partner. He subsequently admitted two counts of conveying a controlled drug into prison.
Kennedy, of no fixed, abode, is currently the subject of a Probation Order for unrelated matters.
Defence barrister Michael Boyd told Judge Geoffrey Miller QC that Kennedy has both addiction and mental health issues - but is now at a point in his life where he is engaging with Probation and making positive changes.
Judge Miller said the court was aware of the "tragic circumstances surrounding Ms McParland's death", and addressing Kennedy he said: "These offences were committed almost three years ago.
"Your partner, to whom you supplied the drugs, was tragically subsequently murdered - something which clearly lays heavily upon you."
Judge Miller handed Kennedy a two-year sentence which he said he was suspending "with some hesitation" and expressed the hope that Kennedy will continue to work with Probation to address his "underlying offending behaviour."
Kennedy was warned any offending within the next two years would result in jail, before being told he was free to go.
Last week, Jordan Kennedy (23) was told told he will spend a minimum of 14 years in prison before he will be considered for release for the murder of his mother.
He stabbed her to death believing she was "romantically linked'' to one of his friends
Ms McParland (39) was in the first floor flat of her home at Haywood Avenue off the Ormeau Road on April 22, 2020, with two other people, a female friend and her partner, who were asleep on a sofa in the living room.
It was the prosecution case that the friend was awoken around 1.45am by loud noises coming from the kitchen and the hall. She heard Ms McParland shouting: "What are you doing Jordan? Stop''.
When she opened the door she saw the defendant standing in the hallway. He fled when he saw her. She saw he had a knife in his hand. She phoned an ambulance and tried to help Ms McParland but she was pronounced dead at 2am.
An autopsy report recorded that the victim had sustained five stab wounds, including one to her left breast which caused extensive bleeding resulting in her death.
Kennedy admitted killing his mother, telling police he believed she was in a relationship with one or more of his friends and that he was both angry and humiliated about that and he was being taunted about it in text messages.