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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Cumbria inmate used mobile phone to put photos on Facebook

AN inmate at Haverigg prison used a mobile phone to keep in touch with his friends and post photos on Facebook, a court heard.

Matthew Gregory, 25, appeared via video link at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to possessing mobile phones while in prison and to two counts of transmitting an image without authority.

Prison staff found a Nokia phone along with a charger and SIM card in Gregory’s cell when conducting a search on December 9 last year.

He later admitted to possessing two phones and using them to access Facebook.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said staff had discovered Gregory and another inmate were friends on the social networking site.

The court heard a photo taken of the pair inside the prison had been uploaded to Gregory’s profile.

Gregory was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011 for conspiracy to commit robbery and is due to be released in 2016.

After the phones were confiscated, Gregory had his prison privileges removed for two weeks.

Miss Akhtar, defending, said: “He is fully responsible for the offence, and has made a full and frank admission.

“He did not have them in his possession for any sinister reasons and did not use them to make any type of phone call.

“The mobile phones have simply been used to post photos on Facebook and so he could remain in contact with his friends on the outside.”

Gregory was given a six-month custodial sentence for each offence, which will run concurrently with his existing sentence.

Presiding magistrate Bob Fletcher said: “It would have been nine months had it not been for your early guilty plea and cooperation with the authorities.”

Gregory was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.

Another inmate, Liam O’Reilly, 29, also appeared in court charged with possessing a mobile phone and uploading photos to Facebook.

He pleaded not guilty and will next appear at Preston Crown Court on March 21.

In October 2012, the Evening Mail reported that several inmates at Haverigg had uploaded photos of themselves smoking in their cells and posing in a recreational room of the prison.

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