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Man receives additional sentence for having mobile phone in jail

News   •   Jan 17, 2018 13:37 GMT

[Arthur Collins]

A convicted acid attacker who admitted to hiding a mobile phone in prison has been handed a further eight month sentence.

Arthur Collins, 25 (19.05.92) of HMP Belmarsh was sentenced to a further eight month sentence at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, 17 January.

This will run consecutively to Collins' 20 year sentence which he is currently serving.

Collins previously pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited item in prison at Bromley Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 27 December.

The court heard how Collins committed the offence whilst he was on remand in HMP Thameside awaiting trial for an acid attack in a crowded nightclub in Hackney, injuring 20 people.

On Sunday 10 September 2017 prison custody officers searched Collin's cell and they located a crutch that Collins had been using for an ankle injury.

The prison custody officer removed the rubber stopper from the bottom of the crutch and found a mobile phone with a sim card, a second sim card and two chargers.

In the crutch handle, officers also found two USBs. All the items were seized and checked. No calls or messages were stored on the phone but the sim cards contained evidence of calls and messages between Collins and family.

He is currently serving 20 years’ imprisonment after being found guilty on Monday, 13 November at Wood Green Crown of five counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and nine counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.