Prison smuggler avoids jail term

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A former drugs and alcohol teacher who tried to smuggle two mobile phones into a prison has narrowly avoided an immediate prison term.

Danny Harrold, 24, of Bainton Road, Tallington, was caught with the phones and two chargers by security staff at the HMP Littlehay where he worked helping inmates with substance abuse in December 2012.

Police found another phone in his car, and drugs at his home - although Harrold said he had drawn the line at bringing the cannabis into the jail.

The court was told Harrold was paid £250 to bring the phones into the jail.

Yesterday Harrold was given a six month jail term suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work by Recorder Francis Laird QC at Peterborough Crown Court.

Recorder Laird said Harrold had only just avoided an immediate jail sentence, and members of Harrold’s family, sitting in a packed public gallery, sobbed when he was released from the dock at the end of the hearing.

Harrold had pleaded guilty to carrying a list B article into a prison at a previous hearing.

John Kirkpatrick, defending, said: “He has accepted responsibility for what he has done. He was in a position of authority.

“But he had accepted the job through an agency, and was expecting to be a teaching assistant.

“He was 22 at the time, and had not experience of the prison environment, and found himself teaching about drugs and alcohol. He was a naive young man.”

The court heard Harrold had made full admissions to police when he was arrested, and had even agreed to give evidence in a trial connected to the case.

Harrold was also ordered to pay £600 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.