December 9 2013 Latest news:
Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Monday, October 21, 2013
A woman who tried to get two inmates on a working party to smuggle drugs to her son inside a Cambridgeshire prison has been jailed for 14 months.
Her son, serving seven years for an armed robbery in Chatteris, was given a further three years for his role in the affair.
The two prisoners handed the drugs to take into prison were also jailed- one for 14 months and the other for six eight weeks.
Alicia Robertson, 52, of High Street, Chatteris, gave cannabis and ketamine to Saxon Gamblin and Matthew Spice, both of Littlehey Prison, when they were working on a day release project at a Huntingdon school.
The trio had set up the deal in order to get drugs back into Littlehey where Robertson’s 21-year-old son, Daniel, is serving a seven-year sentence for armed robbery.
Gamblin and Spice were searched when they got back to the prison and were discovered to have packages of ketamine and cannabis hidden inside them.
Police arrested Alicia Robertson at her home where she was found to have approximately £20,000 in her bedroom.
Other packages of drugs were later discovered hidden in the school grounds.
Pills which could have been passed off as steroids were also discovered.
The seized cannabis had a total prison value of £3,885 while the steroids and ketamine could have been sold for more than £300 in prison.
Alicia Robertson admitted two counts of supplying a controlled drug. She was jailed for 14 months.
Her son, Daniel, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.
Gamblin, 21, of Manchester Road, London, admitted two counts of bringing a List A article into prison and was jailed for 14 months while Spice, 21, from Essex, was handed an eight-week sentence after he pleaded guilty to one count of that charge.
All four were sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday.
Detective Constable Liz Cooper said: “This was a planned attempt to smuggle contraband into prison. I have no doubt the scheme was set up by Daniel Robertson who enlisted the help of his mother and two fellow inmates who had access to the outside world.
“We keep a close eye on all activity around the prisons and work closely with them to stop drugs being imported behind the prison walls.
“These four were aware of the consequences of their actions but chose to ignore that risk. Alicia Robertson has lost her freedom while the others face a longer time behind bars.”
Both Robertson and an accomplice David Caley were jailed last year after admitting to robbing a Chatteris shopkeeper at gunpoint on October 31, 2011.
Robertson pointed a shotgun at the shopkeeper whilst Caley drove the getaway car. An unknown accomplice was never traced
Robertson, of Chatteris, pointed a pump-action shotgun at the shopkeeper whilst an accomplice used a pistol to terrorise the shopkeeper to steal £300 from the till plus £250 worth of cigarettes.
Robertson was jailed for seven years and Caley for seven and a half years and each was given five months extra for possession of guns. The weapons were never recovered.