THE idea of spending less money to talk to his girlfriend was enough of a pull for a prisoner at HMP Dovegate to flout the rules and keep a mobile phone in his cell, a court has been told.
Daniel Williams said he came upon the phone and decided to leave it in his cell so he could contact his girlfriend without using the expensive payphone which prisoners are usually directed to.
The 26-year-old, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, admitted possessing an item which was not allowed in prison when he appeared before Burton Magistrates’ Court.
Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said officers at the Marchington prison had been told that Williams was keeping a mobile phone and a USB cable in his cell. When they confronted him, he handed them straight over without question, the crown added.
“It’s a straightforward offence,” she said.
Williams, who was not represented by a solicitor, had been put behind bars in January of this year, after he was convicted of aggravated burglary.
The Defendant told the bench: “I know I shouldn’t have had it. I just came across it - someone had left it.
"I know it sounds stupid, but my girlfriend has a mobile and when I ring her off the prison phones it’s proper dear.
"I thought it would be cheaper to have a mobile phone.”
Magistrates told the prisoner his decision to keep the phone undermined the security of the facility he had been placed in, and sentenced him to six months custody. The sentence will run concurrently with his current stretch of imprisonment.
The bench also ordered forfeiture and destruction of both the phone and the USB cable.