Jail bought drugs on a day out

A PRISONER who bought drugs while on day release has been jailed today.Bradley Cockburn, 41, of HMP Norwich, was serving a four-year sentence for supplying drugs when he was allowed out of low security Hollesley Bay prison to work at Felixstowe Docks.

A PRISONER who bought drugs while on day release has been jailed today.

Bradley Cockburn, 41, of HMP Norwich, was serving a four-year sentence for supplying drugs when he was allowed out of low security Hollesley Bay prison to work at Felixstowe Docks.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Cockburn was earning £350 a week when he met a friend in Felixstowe town centre in February this year.

Cockburn, who pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs, bought cocaine which was later found by prison officers in his car.


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Mitigating for Cockburn, barrister Nicholas Jack said his client bought the drugs to lift him from depression.

He said: "He had not taken drugs for 20 months, for this reason he felt he was safe from temptation. He was finding a 12-hour shift tiring. The defendant was offered some cocaine, he purchased that cocaine for his own consumption."

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The court heard officers found 21 grams of cocaine with a purity of 19 per cent.

Mr Jack said: "He realises the stupidity of his act, he is due to be released at the end of September. The defendant is attending a relapse prevention course at Norwich Prison."

Judge Peter De Mille said Cockburn had abused trust invested in him by prison officers.

He said: "This is a serious offence, the quantity of cocaine is quite substantial."

Judge De Mille ordered the destruction of the drugs and handed down a two-year sentence to run consecutively to Cockburn's present prison term.

He is expected to serve a year.

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