A Sligo man, who was accused of conveying illegal drugs into Castlerea Prison, has been found not guilty at the circuit court.

Judge Francis Comerford directed the jury to find 32-year-old John Kennedy, Castleburn, Ballymote not guilty to a charge that between April 9 and 10 2015, he conveyed PVP a synthetic drug into Castlerea prison.

The direction was made after a submission from the defence during legal argument in the absence of the jury.

The judge also directed the jury to find the defendant not guilty of a charge of unlawful possession of the drug at Ballisodare Post Office on April 9 2015.

The defendant had pleaded not guilty to both charges before a jury in a trial that lasted almost three weeks at Sligo Circuit Court.

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