Prisoner breaks Cumbria jail’s rules with updates on Facebook
Last updated at 16:17, Thursday, 12 September 2013
A VIOLENT criminal has been caught flouting prison rules by posting pictures of himself in his cell on Facebook.
Jamie Mathew Gallagher, 23, from Morecambe, is serving a four-and-a-half-year sentence in HMP Haverigg for being part of a trio that took a man hostage for two hours and tortured him with pliers.
On Saturday he uploaded a picture of himself posing in a cell despite a strict ban on mobile phones behind prison walls.
Gallagher is the 15th inmate discovered by the Evening Mail using social media in two years.
In a series of posts made from behind Haverigg prison walls he described his eagerness to be released and on one occasion hinted that someone would be “getting it tonight” in Morecambe for going near “a lad’s bird while they in jail.”
He also asked his friends to write to him and posted about his plans for his release, saying: “Another year gone by 23 now out in May the 2014 yeah boy man got big plans got make money.”
In January 2012 the former labourer was part of a gang who lured a 25-year-old man to a flat before kicking him in the head, cutting his ankle with pliers and threatening to cut off his thumbs.
After the men were sentenced Detective Constable Sue Palmer, of Lancaster CID, said: “In the judge’s words, they subjected him to a brutal, pitiless and inhuman attack.
“Their actions were extreme and left the victim feeling terrified. Thankfully they are now behind bars.”
Last year the Evening Mail revealed the problem of prisoners in the jail posting on social media sites using smuggled smart phones.
The revelations led to the under secretary of state, Jeremy Wright, demanding action from then governor, Steve Valentine.
In March this year the Ministry of Justice announced plans to introduce signal blocking technology to deal with the problem of illicit mobile phones – although a timetable for its installation has not been established.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “Prisoners are barred from updating any social networking sites while serving their sentence, or asking others to do so from outside prison. It is a criminal offence to have a mobile phone in prison and any prisoner found with one will be dealt with severely.”
First published at 15:57, Thursday, 12 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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How'd he manage that I struggle to get a phone signal in haverigg never mind 3G to get online
HMP Haverigg is this a prison?
or a holiday camp..i ask you mobile phones..facebook!!!