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Pregnant mum sneaked drugs into Winchester Prison
A YOUNG mum has been jailed after sneaking drugs into a prison while she was pregnant.
Sadie Lewis, 23, admitted taking 20g of cannabis to Winchester Prison where she delivered it to inmate Samuel Boylan.
Then pregnant with her third child, she was caught on CCTV transferring the drugs and immediately arrested on site.
The drugs had a street value of £200 but the court heard they would be worth around £600 in prison.
Mitigating, Leah Dillon said Lewis, of Kingsdown Way, Southampton, was in an abusive relationship at the time and delivered the drugs after she and her unborn child were threatened.
She said: “She was subjected to psychological and physical abuse for some considerable time with her last partner and he is the person who knows the recipient of the drugs.
“This was someone not known to her and certainly not a friend. She was the fall guy.”
Ms Dillon added that Lewis was turning her life around and did not want to lose her child to social services.
She said: “There’s been a complete turnaround in attitude, motivation and lifestyle.” But at Winchester Crown Court Judge Susan Evans QC sentenced her to eight months’ imprisonment and said the offence was too serious for a suspended sentence.
She said: “Drugs in prison cause misery.
People get into debt and that can lead to bullying and violence. The damage that is done is enormous.
“You were put under pressure to do this but as you know you could have gone to the police. You are 23 years old, old enough to make the right decision if you choose to.”
The court also heard Lewis had 34 previous offences against her, ranging from dishonesty to failing to surrender to the court.
The drugs were ordered to be destroyed and the victim surcharge was £100.