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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Man threw drugs over Haverigg Prison fence

A man was caught throwing a parcel of drugs to his old friends in Haverigg Prison just a few weeks after being released from there.

Haverigg prison photo
Bawn threw drugs into Haverigg

Dylan Bawn, 26, was arrested after he was seen throwing the package over the prison fence in March, a court has heard.

It later transpired that the parcel contained “two modestly-sized lumps of cannabis and a small amount of cannabis bush”, along with 100 tablets of an unspecified drug and some mobile phone parts.

He pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court last week to a charge of possessing the drugs with intent to supply and was hoping to be sentenced on Thursday.

But after hearing that at least one other man was likely to be charged with the same offence, the judge adjourned the hearing so that all those involved could be sentenced together.

Prosecuting counsel Greg Hoare told the court that Bawn, of Main Street, Frizington, near Whitehaven, had a long list of previous convictions – the most recent of which had seen him serving a sentence in Haverigg.

“It seems that this plot to throw things over the fence was hatched when both he and the intended recipients were inside,” he said.

Bawn has now been recalled to prison for breaking the terms of the licence upon which he had been released early from that previous sentence.

His barrister Alison Whalley told the court he was “absolutely desperate” to know the length of the inevitable prison sentence he would receive for throwing the drugs to his old friends.

But the judge, Recorder Howard Bentham QC, said it would be inappropriate to sentence those involved one at a time.

“I understand all the reasons why you want to be sentenced and, for all sorts of reasons, I would like to sentence you today,” he told him. “But I just don’t think I should.”

Bawn will be back in court on May 3, when Ms Whalley is expected to make another application for him to be sentenced before his alleged accomplice joins him.

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