Dad tried to smuggle SIM card into South Yorkshire prison

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A dad who tried to smuggle a mobile phone SIM card and legal highs into a South Yorkshire prison has narrowly avoided being jailed himself.

Paul Kedge, aged 52, took the items into HMP Lindholme where his son was a serving prisoner, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

He was seen on CCTV acting suspiciously and, when prison officers investigated, he put his hands behind his back and dropped a package on the ground, said David Wain, prosecuting.

When arrested Kedge said the lives of him and his family were ‘in danger’ if he didn’t supply the items to his son.

He admitted the offences at Sheffield Crown Court.

Judge Camp, who gave him a six month jail term suspended for two years said: “Normally this sort of offending does attract an immediate sentence.

“SIM cards have currency value in prison and allow prisoners to make unsupervised calls which means they can continue their criminal enterprises, but I don’t think there is much point in sending you to prison.”

Kedge, of Baildon Close, Leeds, was ordered to carry out a 30-day course.