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Jail for woman caught smuggling drugs and phone to boyfriend in prison

Grossman tried to smuggle drugs and a phone to her boyfriend Mark Mata at Bovingdon's The Mount Prison

Grossman tried to smuggle drugs and a phone to her boyfriend Mark Mata at Bovingdon's The Mount Prison

A woman who was caught smuggling a mobile phone and some cannabis to her boyfriend inside The Mount jail at Bovingdon has been jailed herself.

Debbie-Ann Grossman, 31, of Earlswood Court, London Road, Hemel Hempstead, was sentenced to four months after a prison officer spotted her handing over a parcel to Mark Mata.

Prosecutor Ann Evans told St Albans Crown Court that the parcel contained 19.1 grams of cannabis and a phone and battery.

The police were called and she told officers a man she did not know had asked her to smuggle the items because she was short of money and her boyfriend owed money for steroids.

Grossman of pleaded guilty to two charges of taking prohibited articles into a jail on February 1 this year. She had no previous convictions and one caution for handling.

Barry Linnane, defending, asked for a suspended sentence saying she suffered from anxiety and a depressive illness. When her boyfriend was jailed he said she was struggling to pay the £1,000 a month rent on their flat.

Judge Stephen Warner told her on Friday: “I am satisfied someone else persuaded you to do this and maybe pressure was brought to bear on you. Nevertheless you played a willing part to take these items into the prison.”

He said a deterrent sentence had to be passed.

 

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