Man jailed for attempting to convey articles into prison - Bedford

11/11/2016

A man, who tried to drop mobile phone parts and drugs over a prison wall has today, Friday, 11 November 2016, been jailed for 21 months.

Judge Michael Kay QC said the courts take such cases seriously because of the trouble phones and drugs cause inside prisons.

Appearing before him at Luton Crown Court Petscarr Banya, aged 40, from Swallowfield, Peterborough, who pleaded guilty to two charges of attempting to convey articles into prison.

Prosecutor Mark Hunsley told the court that a prison officer monitoring CCTV cameras alerted police when he saw something hanging over the prison boundary wall in Bedford. The line was no longer there, but they lay in wait, and saw Banya with two other men remove a package that had been left on the wheel arch of a car parked nearby. The package contained thirteen tablets of Class B and C drugs, a number of mobile phone batteries and charger cables for Blackberry phones.

Banya was the only one of the three who was prosecuted.

Nathalie Carter, defending, said Banya had tried to turn his life around by moving away from negative influences in London to Peterborough. "But old habits die hard," she added.

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