Drug dealer who attempted to jump dock and escape court secreted mobile in prison

A drug dealer who attempted to jump the dock and escape court when he was sentenced last year was caught with a mobile phone in prison just three months later - which he had 'secreted on his person'.

By Daniel Sheridan
Friday, 10th June 2022, 4:45 am

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Steven Kaye, 32, was chased by security officers and detained within Leeds Crown Court during his sentencing for drug offences in September 2021, where he was given a 67 month custodial term.

Officers entered Kaye's cell at around 6pm on December 10, 2021 at HMP Wealstun, where he was serving his sentence.

Steven Kaye, 32, was chased by security officers and detained within Leeds Crown Court during his sentencing for drug offences in September 2021, where he has was given a 67 month custodial term.

Prosecutor Damian Broadbent told the court Kaye "appeared to be concealing something".

Kaye, of Stanks Avenue, Leeds, was x-rayed by body scanners and officers discovered he had a mobile phone "secreted".

He was taken to a segregation unit where he later "volunteered" the phone to officers, the prosecutor told the court.

Kaye was charged with possession of a mobile phone in prison.

He pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates' Court.

Kaye has 27 convictions for 54 previous offences, the court was told.

In mitigation, Stephen Smithson said Kaye pleaded guilty to the offence at the Magistrates' court at the first opportunity.

Sentencing Kaye, Judge Simon Phillips QC said "time and time again" the courts had identified cases where the impact of mobile phones in prisons had been a factor.

Kaye was given a 10 month custodial sentence which will run consecutively with his current 67 month term.