Oct 12 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A woman tried to smuggle cannabis into Kilmarnock Prison by hiding it in hollowed-out chess pieces.
At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week, 45-year-old Sharon Gillespie, of Lugton Court, Irvine, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin, worth £20, at the jail in March.
Katie McColl, prosecuting, said that prison staff became suspicious when a package arrived addressed to an inmate.
She told the court: They asked the prisoner to be present while they opened the package.
It was x-rayed and found to be a chess set.
On closer examination, it was found that three pieces had been hollowed out and cannabis resin placed within.
Police enquiries revealed that the parcel had been sent by special delivery from a post office in Irvine.
Gillespie was identified as the sender after CCTV was viewed.
She made full admissions when she was interviewed by police officers, said Ms McColl.
She stated she had sent the package, but had been pressurised into doing so by an unknown female, she said.
Sheriff Seith Ireland deferred sentence until October 21 for a criminal justice social work report.
He said that, while Gillespie had no previous convictions, the offence was of a certain character.
Gillespies bail was continued.
Her solicitor said he would reserve his comments until reports were available.