A CROWN Courtroom official has been jailed after he was busted trying to smuggle an “huge worth” of medicine to a prisoner.
Dad Christopher Andoh-Wilson was noticed trying “nervous and fidgety” when cops and safety agency Serco carried out a joint operation to look the cells at Luton Crown Courtroom.
Andoh-Wilson, 30, was a custody cells supervisor at Luton Crown Courtroom has been convicted of trying to smuggle medicine to a prisonerCredit score: Police
The 30-year-old custody cells supervisor tried to inform officers his bag had already been searched in a bid to keep away from detection, a courtroom heard.
However prosecutors stated police did look inside and located a drone, cocaine, hashish, spice and a SIM card which had been all supposed to be handed to a prisoner who was showing on the courtroom on that day.
Prosecutor Neil King stated Andoh-Wilson’s telephone reveals he was in touch with somebody asking if he may get his medicine to a prisoner.
Mr King stated the offence was “pre-planned, focused and aimed”.
Andoh-Wilson, who had no earlier convictions, appeared at Aylesbury Crown Courtroom on Tuesday for sentencing after admitting 4 counts of trying to convey a prohibited merchandise into a jail.
The married dad-of-four had beforehand denied the offences however later modified his plea.
‘DRUGS HAD ENORMOUS VALUE’
Andoh-Wilson had been charged with conveying 14 grams of cocaine, 25.55 grams of hashish, 18.56 grams of spice and the SIM.
Decide Francis Sheridan stated the worth of the medicine contained in the jail can be “huge” and “approach above” their road worth.
The drone was not a prohibited merchandise, so he was not charged with it, however the prosecution stated it was an “indicative merchandise”.
Christopher Mark Johnston, defending stated earlier than working as a custody officer at Luton, he had been working in licensed premises.
He stated: “He, sadly, took the provide of some medicine which took to a interval of drug-taking which led him into contact with a few of these supplying these medicine.
“They prevailed upon him to say, ‘you owe this sum of cash, it will be simpler should you did this activity for us’.”
Since being suspended from Serco, Andoh-Wilson had grow to be a mall safety guard, an organiser of Luton carnival and a managing director of Letchworth City Council, the courtroom heard.
This was a flagrant breach of belief… ff you may’t belief the jailors, who are you able to belief?
Decide Francis Sheridan
Andoh-Wilson’s marriage had damaged down because of his dismissal from work in February 2018, however he had a brand new fiancee with who he had a younger youngster and who appeared in courtroom to help him.
Decide Sheridan, sentencing, stated: “This was a flagrant breach of belief that strikes proper on the very coronary heart of a courtroom retaining good order and exhibiting the general public what is anticipated.
“The general public can be appalled if any person in such a place of belief had been to not be seen significantly by the courtroom.
“Medication in jail result in bullying, they result in the undermining of the great order of the jail.
“Bringing medicine into jail for a named prisoner reveals utter contempt for his employers and colleagues.”
He added: “For those who can’t belief the jailors, who are you able to belief?”
Andoh-Wilson, of Luton, Beds., was jailed for 31 months, giving him a discount in sentence for his responsible plea, the great work he had executed since being charged and the tough situations in jail attributable to Covid.
Chris Hodkinson, Serco PECS Contract Director, stated: “Clearly this was fully unacceptable.
“We labored carefully with the police and different businesses in an anti-corruption operation at Luton Crown Courtroom in February 2018.
“He was arrested, was additionally instantly suspended and has since been dismissed from his employment.”
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