Mother accused of supplying drugs to son

A woman has appeared in court accused of supplying ecstasy and cannabis to her son in prison.

Brenda Reddy, of Moore Street, is charged with possession of the class A and class B drugs, possessing them with intent to supply and supplying the drugs.

The offences allegedly occurred on September 15 at Magilligan Prison, where the 42-year-old’s son is a serving prisoner.

A police officer told Derry Magistrates Court the street value of the drugs is around £200, but the prison value “would be considerably more, somewhere in the region of £2,000”.

He revealed that police were called to Magilligan Prison after Reddy allegedly passed a tightly wrapped package to her son.

She was arrested and police discovered a second package “of a similar nature” when they searched her. During interview, the court was told the 42-year-old “made full and frank admissions” to supplying the package to her son.

However, she claimed “she acted under duress”.

Opposing bail, the officer told the court Reddy is originally from Dublin, has been living in Derry for ten months and has no other connections in the city,

He said police feared she would not attend court if released on bail.

Granting bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said it “doesn’t appear that this lady was involved in the supply of drugs, except for this one off occasion”.

He released Reddy on her own bail of £750 and ordered her to abide by a curfew. She will appear in court again next month.