Man jailed for not giving out phone pin is caught with mobile in prison

A Winchester man who was jailed in August 2019 for refusing to give a password to detectives after his arrest in connection to the Corhampton murder investigation of Mr Gurinderjit Rai.

Aston Hannis, 28, of Woolford Close, Stanmore, Winchester, was previously jailed under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).

On Friday Hannis was jailed for a further eight weeks by Judge Keith Cutler. Hannis, pleaded guilty to the charge after prison staff found the phone hidden on part of the roof outside of his cell window.

Prosecuting Nick Fridd said after finding the Zanco Wasp – described as the world’s smallest phone in August, Hannis initially denied it was his, before officers found it was connected to Hannis’ “friends and associates”.

However, Mr Fridd confirmed that the mobile phone was not used for any criminal activity.

During mitigation, James Bloomer, defending, said Hannis actions had and were still impacting the lives of his wife and two young children. Speaking to Judge Keith Cutler, he added: Hannis recognises that his family have suffered due to his stupidity.

Your Lordship can look to give a shorter sentence due to the impact on those who have done nothing wrong

Judge Cutler added: “It is sad really that for the past six to eight months you have had this hanging over you, not knowing if you would be released or not.
“Sadly this crime needs to be met with an immediate imprisonment.”

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