Dorchester Prison inmate sentenced to an extra 12 weeks for having mobile phone (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Dorchester Prison inmate sentenced to an extra 12 weeks for having mobile phone
4:00pm Tuesday 28th August 2012 in News
AN INMATE found in possession of a mobile phone at Dorchester Prison has received an additional 12-week sentence.
Stephen David Grogan, 27, is serving a 32-month sentence for an offence of grievous bodily harm imposed at Bournemouth Crown Court in March.
He appeared at Dorchester Crown Court to be sentenced for a further offence of possession of a prohibited item in a prison.
Prosecutor Eileen Sproson told the court Grogan handed over the phone voluntarily when his cell was searched on May 11.
Nick Tucker, mitigating, said the defendant had borrowed the phone earlier that same day and had used it to make two calls – one to his nine-year-old daughter and one to his girlfriend who was upset because her grandfather was ill with cancer.
He added: “Those two calls were not of a sinister kind. He co-operated fully and was open about the use he had made of the phone.”
Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced Grogan to 12 weeks in custody, consecutive to the jail term he is currently serving.
He told the defendant: “You are aware as a man who has been in prison for a while that the presence of phones within the prison is deeply disturbing to the prison authorities.”