Monday, 23 October 2017

Robber jailed for trying to smuggle drugs into prison

A ROBBER has been jailed for trying to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Huntercombe Prison, near Nuffield.

A ROBBER has been jailed for trying to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into Huntercombe Prison, near Nuffield.

Roger Safari, 23, from Gloucester, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for also punching a man unconscious, breaking his tooth and stealing his wallet and iPhone.

Gloucester Crown Court heard how he was planning to throw a sock full of cannabis and six mobile phones into the prison for someone else to pick up while on bail for the robbery in Gloucester on December 11, 2011.

Safari, a homeless father-of-two, was reported to the police by an off-duty prison guard who saw him acting suspiciously outside the prison on November 13 last year.

Pc Bradley Pitt found the crook with the sock containing 274 grams of cannabis and resin along with six new Samsung mobiles.

Safari told police the phones were for his family in the Congo but later admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis and two counts of attempting to smuggle prescribed articles into prison.

Giles Nelson, for Safari, said the robbery was out of character for his client, adding: “As for the prison incident, he instructs me that he was under pressure from an unknown Irish male. There is no suggestion he knew anyone within the prison.”

Recorder Howard Palmer QC said the prison governor had described the “evil” effect that prisoners having access to drugs and phones could have.

He told Safari said: “I accept you were more of a foot-soldier than the instigator and that your attempts were foiled.”

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