HMP Bullingdon prisoner caught on drugs tells judge he’s getting ‘wiser’

A world-weary offender caught entering prison with a phone and cannabis stashed ‘on him’ hopes an honest life will begin at 40.

Simon Maclellan, 40, told Judge Nigel Daly he was tired of going back and forth in jail.

The candid scammer, who has 74 offenses to his name, said via video link from HMP Bullingdon: ‘I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my past. Some of which [were] sheer stupidity.

“There’s no real reason why most of the time I did it, but I will say this; since you get older – at 40 – you realize that the older you get, the shorter your life and the wiser you become.

“I’ve made stupid mistakes in my life. I will not return to prison and I will not be arrested again. I had enough.”

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Maclellan said when he was last in Oxfordshire prison he asked for help and rehabilitation programs. But he added: “They can’t help me. There is no rehabilitation. »

Judge Daly was told by Maclellan that he does not make promises lightly. “But I will promise you this: you will never see my face again.”

Earlier, prosecutor Christopher Pembridge told the court Maclellan was searched as he entered HMP Bullingdon as an inmate on November 16, 2020.

A small Nokia mobile phone and 11.2g of cannabis were found inside an orifice, euphemistically described by Mr Pembridge as “on his person”.

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Maclellan had previously denied the offenses and the case was scheduled for trial. A jury was sworn in in an abortive trial in March, but the case was derailed by the coronavirus.

Appearing via video link on Monday, Maclellan, of Redlands Lane, Fareham, changed his pleas to the two charges of bringing contraband into jail from not guilty to guilty.

Although he seemed to cast doubt on whether or not the items were found on him, he told the judge: ‘I just want to be guilty. I go guilty, I am guilty. The judge warned him that he should only plead guilty if he admitted he was guilty.

Sentencing him to eight months’ imprisonment, Judge Daly said: ‘Cannabis in prison can cause a lot of problems for prison staff in matters of discipline etc.

“Similarly, mobile phones can also cause problems because they can also be used as bargaining chips in prison and they cause problems with prison discipline.

“You’re clearly not going through a very easy time in your life.”

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