Acid attacker hid mobile phone in prison

A convicted acid attacker has admitted to hiding a mobile phone in prison.

Arthur Collins, aged 25 of HMP Belmarsh, pleaded guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court on Wednesday (27 December) to possession of a prohibited item in prison.

Collins committed the offence whilst he was on remand in HMP Thameside awaiting trial for squirting acid in a crowded nightclub in Hackney.

He will be sentenced in relation to the prohibited item at a later date.

On Sunday 10 September 2017 prison custody officers searched Collin’s cell and they located a crutch that Collins had been using for an ankle injury.

The prison custody officer removed the rubber stopper from the bottom of the crutch and located a mobile phone with a sim card, a further sim card and two chargers were found inside the crutch.

In the handle officers also found two USBs.

All the items were seized and checked. No calls or messages were stored on the phone, but the sim cards contained evidence of calls and messages between Collins and family.

He is currently serving 20 years imprisonment after being found guilty on Monday, 13 November at Wood Green Crown of five counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and nine counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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