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UK NewsYoung mum caught trying to smuggle drugs and phones into prison spared jail 'exceptionally'

17:30  14 august  2019
17:30  14 august  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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A young mum who tried to smuggle a haul of drugs and phones into a prison has been spared an immediate jail term in “extremely exceptional circumstances”.

Shanice O’Shea-Galbraith was a teenager when the contraband was discovered as a serving prisoner at Parc Prison in Bridgend was spotted trying to remove a package from under her jacket during a visit on June 6, 2017.

The parcel contained 31.2g of spice, 12.5g of cannabis resin, another 20.7g of cannabis resin separately, and two mobile phones, a court heard.

O’Shea-Galbraith, now 21 and mother of a two-month-old child, sobbed during a sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday after she admitted trying to take the items into the jail without authorisation.

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Prosecutor Alison O’Shea said: “Her cousin was serving a sentence in the prison. She attended for a visit. He said the parcel was steroids – she also said it was steroids.”

Ms O’Shea said the items had a higher value in prison than on the streets and estimated their total value at around £1,500.

Ms O’Shea said the package was given to the defendant to deliver and she had not appeared to have opened it.

“They were found in exactly the same wrapping,” she said. “She hadn’t looked inside.

“It may be that the person was using the fact that she was young and of good character.

“She said she felt she had been put under pressure. She didn’t ask for anyone for help.”

Adam Sharp , mitigating, told the court O’Shea-Galbraith was expecting to receive a prison sentence.

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“I think you can see just how remorseful she is by the way she is presented in court today and all she’s done in the last two years or so,” he said.

Judge Nicola Jones said she was taking an “exceptional” course of action by suspending O’Shea-Galbraith’s jail sentence.

“You were 19 at the time and you are very vulnerable,” she told the defendant.

“You have your good character, your vulnerability, and there has been a delay of two years and two months which has given you time to turn your life around.

“You have a two-month-old child so I have to bear in mind the sentence on that child. These are extremely exceptional circumstances.

“Spice, which is rife in prison, is a danger to members of staff in prison and inmates themselves.

“This is an exceptional step. Normally you would go straight to prison.”

O’Shea-Galbraith, of Cowbridge West, Ely , Cardiff, was handed a 12-month jail sentence which was suspended for 18 months.

She was also ordered to pay £340 in costs and a victim surchage.

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