Mum jailed for drug smuggling

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A MOTHER who took cannabis into Ranby Prison for her son has been jailed.

Philomena Clark, 52, thought the drugs would bring relief to her son who had been head butted in the face inside, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

A judge told her the eight month sentence would have been longer but for her own ill health

“Courts have to send out a message it simply will not be tolerated, “ said Judge John Burgess.

Clarke of Canal Street, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to conveying the cannabis, worth about £50 but £150 inside, and a mobile phone sim card to her son, a serving prisoner during a visit on 24th October last year.

In mitigation it was said Clark had been a heroin addict herself for 15 years before kicking the habit.

She had not troubled the courts for the last seven years.

She had been barred from seeing her son for six months and he had lost his privileges.

Her health had deteriorated in recent times. She used a walking stick and had difficulty preparing food, it was said.