‘Naive’ prison smuggler who tried to get phone and cigarettes into jail put behind bars himself

HMP & YOI Doncaster, Marshgate, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley
HMP & YOI Doncaster, Marshgate, Doncaster. Picture: Marie Caley

A ‘naive’ 20-year-old who tried to smuggle a mobile phone and four cigarettes into a South Yorkshire prison under his trousers has been jailed for 34 weeks.

Ihtishaam Islam attempted to TAKE the items into HMP Marshgate in Doncaster for an unknown prisoner on March 9.

He said he had been asked to do so by someone he had met in Bradford and was told he would be met by someone to pick up the items while he was visiting a friend in jail.

But he was caught by prison officers with the phone and cigarettes taped to his leg under a pair of tracksuit bottoms he had on underneath some jeans.

Islam also failed to turn up to a court date following the incident, resulting in him being taken into custody.

He appeared at Sheffield Crown Court via video link from jail after pleading guilty to both attempting to bring prohibited items into jail and failing to surrender to court at an agreed time.

The court heard Islam, from Queens Road, Halifax, had been in jail for 50 days and was finding his time in prison to be a ‘living hell’.

Judge Julian Goose QC, Honorary Recorder of Sheffield, said: “The taking into prisons of mobile phones and cigarettes causes great security concerns in all establishments involving prisoners.

“Mobile phones use in prison is usually and almost exclusively for the purposes of committing crime. Cigarettes can be used as currency in a way which causes disruption to the running of prisons.

“Offences such as theses must receive a deterrent sentence.”

Judge Goose said Islam had been ‘naive’, but there had been signs at the jail warning of the consequences of bringing prohibited items into prison.

Islam was given a sentence of 32 weeks in jail for the attempt to bring the mobile phone and cigarettes into jail, with a further two weeks added to his sentence for his second offence of missing his court date.