Watford man, Lee Hocking, back in jail after throwing booze and drugs parcel over Bedford prison wall

Watford Observer: Watford man back in jail after throwing booze and drugs parcel over prison wall Watford man back in jail after throwing booze and drugs parcel over prison wall

A former Bedford jail inmate from Watford was jailed for four years yesterday for trying to smuggle cannabis, alcohol, tobacco and a mobile phone into the prison just a few weeks after he had been released.

Lee Hocking, 28, of Cold Harbour House, Gadswell Close, Watford, drove to the prison with his girlfriend and threw a parcel over the wall, St Albans Crown Court heard.

The package was found by prison officers patrolling the perimeter fence and was handed to the police. Checks were made on the package and a DNA link was made to Hocking from the mobile phone.

Prosecutor Will Noble said the officers found the package at around 6.50pm on May 8 last year. When it was opened they found cannabis, six miniature bottles of spirits, tobacco and a mobile phone.

After the DNA match was made, Automatic Number Plate Recognition put Hocking's girlfriend's car in the area of the prison shortly before the package was found. A distinctive t-shirt similar to the one worn by the man throwing the package was found at Hocking's home.

When questioned, Hocking told the police he was serving a suspended sentence and would have been foolish to put himself in jeopardy, having only been released from jail in April last year.

Hocking pleaded guilty to conveying prohibited articles into a jail.

He was in breach of a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years passed on August 15, 2012, for possessing 23 grams of cocaine with intent to supply. He also had to be re-sentenced for breaching a community order that was passed on December 29, 2012, for possessing 21 wraps of cocaine.

Defence Barrister Henry Vallance said Hocking had been addicted to cocaine for many years. He had dealt drugs in the past to pay off debts to a dealer. He said Hocking, who works at a garage, has a partner and three children.

Judge Stephen Warner jailed him for a total of four years telling him: "You have been given repeated chances and you have not only not taken them, you have also offended again."

The judge said deterrent sentences had to be passed against those who try to take prohibited articles into prison.

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12:43pm Thu 6 Feb 14

LSC says...

Should have had a proper sentence in the first place.
Should have had a proper sentence in the first place. LSC
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

What a total dopey, failure of a father! Girlfriend clueless too! - i feel sorry for the kids!

Too many people like this keep popping up in this paper, Stupidity and selfishness must be contagious!

I appologise to any Liberals reading this who i have offended, but please list below any excuses you can make for them. And you can give us all a good laugh!
What a total dopey, failure of a father! Girlfriend clueless too! - i feel sorry for the kids! Too many people like this keep popping up in this paper, Stupidity and selfishness must be contagious! I appologise to any Liberals reading this who i have offended, but please list below any excuses you can make for them. And you can give us all a good laugh! G_Whiz
  • Score: 10

1:51pm Thu 6 Feb 14

garston tony says...

LSC wrote:
Should have had a proper sentence in the first place.
True, but at least this judge has done the right thing.

What an idiot this guy is, and i'm glad too as now he's not out free to inflict pain on others
[quote][p][bold]LSC[/bold] wrote: Should have had a proper sentence in the first place.[/p][/quote]True, but at least this judge has done the right thing. What an idiot this guy is, and i'm glad too as now he's not out free to inflict pain on others garston tony
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Oxhey Kev says...

Oh well, at least the taxpayer can look after him, his partner and kids for the next four years !
Oh well, at least the taxpayer can look after him, his partner and kids for the next four years ! Oxhey Kev
  • Score: 3

4:00pm Thu 6 Feb 14

not a regular says...

We need harsher prisons and better support for ex-prisoners.

Prison should be the last resort, you should want to die before going back to prison for a second stint.

Third time just chuck 'em off a cliff.
We need harsher prisons and better support for ex-prisoners. Prison should be the last resort, you should want to die before going back to prison for a second stint. Third time just chuck 'em off a cliff. not a regular
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Sarah's says...

Just for the record I am the mother of his 3 children (not his partner) and the tax payers do not look after us, I look after us. US tax payers pay 4 him his girlfriend Fatima and his fourth child
Just for the record I am the mother of his 3 children (not his partner) and the tax payers do not look after us, I look after us. US tax payers pay 4 him his girlfriend Fatima and his fourth child Sarah's
  • Score: -1

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