‘Professional’ criminal’s prison stash punishment

Andrew Wadsworth
Andrew Wadsworth

A PRISONER who hid a makeshift knife and mobile phones in his cell has had a year added to his lengthy sentence.

Andrew Wadsworth, 32, was serving a 15 year term at Haverigg Prison in South Cumbria when the banned items were found stashed away in a service duct. A quantity of illegal drugs were also recovered.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Wadsworth admitted being in possession of six mobile phones, a sharpened screwdriver fashioned as a knife and some class C bupenorphine tablets.

Wadsworth, previously of Burns Close, Worsley Mesnes, Wigan, was given a 12 month prison sentence by Judge Paul Batty QC.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, said Wadsworth was the subject of a routine personal search on May 8. He was found to have a mobile phone and a quantity of what was thought to be a psychoactive drug in his possession.

“He was asked if the items were his. He confirmed that they were,” said Mr Rogerson.

“A search was carried out of his cell using a sniffer dog. The dog indicated an area within the cell of which he was the sole occupant.”

The sharpened screwdriver, five additional mobile phones and the banned drug bupenorphine were found in a void within a service duct, along with legal substances.

Mr Rogerson told the court Wadsworth was serving a 15 year jail sentence. He was given five years for robberies in the Liverpool area during which he was in possession of an imitation firearm.

Wadsworth was given a further 10 years for an aggravated burglary. This occurred in Hindley, in August, 2009, and left a young man suffering from a brain haemorrhage.

Wearing balaclavas, Wadsworth and an unknown accomplice hurled a paving slab through the front door of the house in Ruabon Crescent before bursting in.

Wadsworth was armed with a hammer which he used to hit a young male over the head before twice striking his terrified 17-year-old girlfriend.

Gary Lawrenson, defending, said Wadsworth had been punished inside the prison system for possession of the banned items earlier this year.

He had been segregated and his privileges wed reduced.

But since committing the latest offences, his conduct had been “exemplary” and his enhanced prisoner status restored.

Mr Lawrenson said Wadsworth had a partner and was a father-of-two.

He added: “It is them he wishes to focus on, and to behave properly for the remainder of his incarceration.”

Judge Batty told Wadsworth the six mobile phones he had hidden away were “extremely valuable” prison commodities.

Of the makeshift knife, the judge said: “No doubt this would have been used had anybody had the temerity to take your stash.”

He added: “It is perfectly plain from your antecedent history that you are a serious professional criminal.”