Northern Ireland

Magilligan Prison visitor hid cannabis and diazepam in nappy

Magilligan Prison
Image caption The woman smuggled the drugs into Magilligan Prison

A woman who hid 28g of cannabis resin and 292 diazepam tablets in her baby's nappy during a prison visit, has been given a suspended sentence.

The drugs were found by prison staff at Magilligan Prison when Stacey Grimley, 21, removed the nappy from a bag which was about to be scanned in May 2011.

Grimley, from Garvaghy Road, Portadown, was trying to smuggle the drugs to her prisoner boyfriend in May of last year.

She was given an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years.

Londonderry Crown Court Judge Piers Grant was told that Grimley, who had no previous convictions, was pressurised by her then boyfriend who is the father of her daughter into bringing the drugs to the prison.

A police officer told Judge Grant that the former boyfriend, who has several drugs convictions, had told her he had to pay off a debt to other prisoners.

He said he believed he would be stabbed if he did not pay off the debt.

Judge Grant said it was "with the most considerable hesitation" that he was imposing the suspended sentence.