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OUCH! Gloucester man jailed after trying to smuggle mobile phone into prison... up his bum

A 33-year-old man managed to conceal tobacco, cannabis and a mobile phone up his backside in a bid to smuggle them into a prison, a court heard yesterday.

But his uncomfortable choice of hiding place failed because the illegal substances and the phone were detected as he tried to get them into Guys Marsh Prison in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the court was told.

Batchelor 33, of Evenlode Road Tuffley, was jailed for eight months at Gloucester crown court yesterday after failing to abide by the conditions of a suspended sentence he initially received at Bournemouth crown court in May.

Judge Michael Cullum was told at the Gloucester crown court yesterday that Batchelor had been convicted in May at Bournemouth of attempting to smuggle 29.1 grams of tobacco, 16.8 grams of cannabis and the mobile phone, all concealed in a package up his bottom, into the prison on November 5, 2017.

Part of the suspended sentence order he received was to do unpaid work as his punishment.

But he failed to undertake any of his commitments and a warrant was issued on July 23 for his arrest, the court was told yesterday. Gloucestershire Police duly arrested him on August 30.

Joe Maloney, defending said: "Batchelor states that he has not received any communication from the probation service about his appointments. He doesn't fully accept he is in breach of his community order."

But Probation officer Jo Hall told Judge Michael Cullum that Batchelor would have received text messages about his community order, which included the unpaid work element.

She added: "He has failed to attend appointments with both probation and his unpaid work commitments. Previously when he was on probation, he was verbally abusive to his offender manager.

"Due to breaching his community order I am asking that the suspended sentence should be activated, due to his wilful non-compliance."

Mr Maolney added: "This is someone who will engage with the authorities, but he is struggling with mental health and travelling issues.

"Batchelor has been in custody over the weekend following his arrest on a court warrant. It has been a wakeup call for him."

Judge Cullum told Batchelor: "You have a dreadful list of previous convictions. You've admitted breaching your suspended sentence which was imposed when you tried to take tobacco, cannabis and a mobile phone into Guys Marsh Prison, which would normally be a custodial sentence.

"However, it's clear from reading the report by the sentencing judge at Bournemouth Crown Court that you were acting under pressure.

"But you failed to attend any appointments with probation. You wilfully made little contact with the service.

"The law states the suspended sentence should be activated. I am also not convinced that you will attempt to comply with a community order, given your past history.

"You knew your obligations when you chose not to engage with probation. You leave me no choice but to activate the original sentence of eight months in prison."

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