Murderer forced HMP Doncaster inmate to “store mobile phone in his body”

A convicted murderer who forced a vulnerable prisoner at HMP Doncaster to hide a mobile phone in his body later admitted what he'd done in a letter, a court heard.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 11:44 am

Vaughan Davies learned of an impending security raid and pressurised a new prisoner to conceal the phone, in January 2018, said prosecutor David Wain.

But it was discovered when the man went through a metal detector, Sheffield Crown Court heard on January 23.

Even after the phone was seized, Davies’ victim offered to pay compensation for it, Mr Wain said.

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But Davies did not reveal where the whereabouts of the phone's SIM card, or battery charger.

He was also convicted of false imprisonment two years into his sentence, the court heard.

Helen Johnson, mitigating, said: "He took full responsibility for asking another person to hide the mobile phone."

She said he received a life sentence for murder, in December 2013, at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was aged 17 at the time of the murder, and must serve a minimum of 14 years.

Davies, 24, currently of HMP Leicester, admitted possession of a prohibited item, at Doncaster Magistrates Court, on January 2.

Judge David Dixon told him the offence "shows you're leaning very little thus far."

"You will have to show you are making real efforts to change," he said. "Anyone who has been in custody for as long as you is obviously taking no notice.

"You need to think better about what you are doing."

He handed Davies 14 months, which will be served at the same time as his current sentence.