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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Man who threw drugs over Cumbrian prison fence spared jail

A man has admitted throwing cannabis, tablets and mobile phones into Haverigg Prison.

Dylan Bawn, 26, of Main Street, Frizington, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court after pleading guilty to all charges at an earlier hearing and urged the judge, Recorder Howard Bentham QC, to jail him there and then.

However, the judge said he felt uncomfortable passing sentence without the benefit of pre-sentence reports from the Probation Service.

Defence barrister Alison Whalley said there was no mitigation other than Bawn’s early guilty plea and added that the offences were committed during March – within weeks of his release from prison after serving an earlier sentence.

She added: “He is 26 years old. He was last released on January 11.

“He fully accepts committing these offences within weeks. He fully expects a custodial sentence and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He pleaded guilty in the lower court so he would be sentenced here today.”

Recorder Bentham said: “I am uncomfortable sentencing today. I don’t want to sentence on the run. The real question is whether we ask for help [from the Probation Service].”

Miss Whalley said that Bawn had been recalled to prison and added: “That’s one of the reasons that he’s asked me to ask for him to be sentenced here today.”

The case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports.

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