Two jailed for trying to get drugs into prison - Bovingdon

22/10/2014

A man and woman appeared at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 17 October 2014, and were jailed for a combined total of eight years for their part in an attempted ‘throw over’ of drugs and other items into The Mount prison in Bovingdon.

Pattrina Stevenson-Francis, also known as Pattrina Lumsden, aged 33, from Third Avenue, Kilburn, was sentenced to four and a half year imprisonment having been found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (heroin) on Thursday, 16 October following a trial and pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs (cannabis) and attempting to convey mobile phones and alcohol into prison at an earlier hearing.

Her husband Jerome Francis, aged 33 was cleared of all three charges on the direction of the Judge at his trial.

Owen Foster, aged 47, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment having pleaded guilty an earlier hearing to all three offences.  They were committed while he was on licence from a four year sentence for taking banned items to a prisoner on the Isle of Wight in 2011.  He was recalled to prison after his arrest to serve the remainder of that sentence.

The two were arrested in London following an investigation into an incident at the prison on 03 April 2013. On that day, Stevenson-Francis had been picked up in a taxi from her home address and Foster was picked up nearby. The taxi driver was instructed to drive to The Mount.

When they arrived, Foster got out of the vehicle and was subsequently seen in the trees by prison officers, who had been alerted to suspicious activity whilst monitoring CCTV.

A draw string carrier bag, which was found hanging on a tree, contained items which were meant to have reached prisoners inside The Mount. The items included cannabis, heroin, alcohol and mobile phones.

During sentencing Judge Stuart Bridge said: "The package contained a veritable cornucopia of products attractive to the inmate, but detrimental to the prison community.  It is well known that the presence of contraband causes profound difficulties to officers seeking to maintain order and discipline in the prison environment.  They also create a black market economy leading to bullying and extortion. The courts have to send out a message of deterrence."