Doncaster prison thrower handed sentence 

Doncaster prison thrower handed sentence 

Doncaster prison thrower handed sentence

A Doncaster man who was found throwing illicit items into a prison found himself on the wrong side of the wall in less than 24 hours.

David Quinn, 29, has been handed a prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to convey illicit articles into Her Majesty’s Prisons.

Last year South Yorkshire Police’s Prison Crime Unit launched a covert operation at HMP Doncaster Prison targeting packages of illicit articles being thrown over the walls.

During the operation, David Quinn was spotted approaching the prison’s perimeter.

He was then approached by Detective Constable Scott Jarvis, and attempted to flee from officers.

Officers engaged in a short foot pursuit and DC Jarvis arrested Quinn.

Following his arrest, packages, bound for the prison were recovered.

The packages were found to contain tobacco, syringes, needles, a mobile phone, 164 tablets, liquid testosterone, cannabis and a memory stick.

He was later charged with further offences of conspiracy to convey illicit articles into Her Majesty’s Prisons

While Quinn was remanded in prison, further enquiries into incidents of drugs being thrown over the prison walls were investigated and linked to Quinn.

He was subsequently charged with further offences.
Previous packages thrown over prison walls included drugs spice and cannabis, tobacco, mobile phones and bladed knives.

Investigating Officer DC Scott Jarvis from the Prison Crime Unit said,

“A good proportion of inmates will take the opportunity to engage with the fantastic drugs and rehabilitation services offered to them within the prison establishment.

“This is severely hampered when individuals such as Quinn assist in flooding the jail with drugs and destabilising the prisons regime.

“To add to this there is no good reason that I can see to supply blades and knives into a prison other than to cause serious harm or even death to other inmates or staff. This will not be tolerated.

“We will continue to work with the prison and their staff to drive down the conveyance of illicit articles into their place of work and in turn provide a safer environment for them and inmates.

“Our focus will not only be on those such as Quinn approaching the perimeter but will extend to inmates, visitors, staff members and any other persons who wish to engage in this sort of criminality”

Quinn appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday 23 June.

He was sentenced to 33 months in prison and ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £181.

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