Leeds robber has prison sentence extended after being caught with mobile phone in his cell at Armley jail

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A convicted robber who was caught with a mobile phone in his cell at Armley jail has had his five-year sentence extended.

Jed Menzies was caught with the smart phone at the Leeds prison on September 9 last year after officers received intelligence that he had the device in his cell.

The officers searched the shared cell and found a mobile phone wrapped in a blanket.

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Officers then went to search Menzies and the officers became suspicious when he began putting on clothing.

Leeds robber Jed Menzies was caught with a mobile phone in his cell at Armley jail.Leeds robber Jed Menzies was caught with a mobile phone in his cell at Armley jail.
Leeds robber Jed Menzies was caught with a mobile phone in his cell at Armley jail.

He was asked to take off his trousers and the officers found the phone on him.

The device was found to be fitted with a sim card and had a call log and contained messages.

Menzies, 26, of Prestwick Close, Otley, pleaded guilty to possession of a mobile phone in prison.

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He has a previous conviction for the same offence committed in 2016.

Menzies is currently serving a five-year sentence for robbery, affray, handling stolen goods and assaulting an emergency worker.

The robbery offence relates to a knifepoint attack on three teenage girls which took place outside Bramley Band Club in February 2019

Menzies and another man preyed on the vulnerable victims after luring to them to a dark and secluded car park outside the social club

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Stab threats were made before Menzies ripped a necklace worth £700 from the neck of one of the girls.

Menzies had eight months added to the sentence he is currently serving.

Judge Malcolm Davis-White QC said: "The unlawful possession of mobile phones in prison gives unlimited and unwarranted access to others outside the prison.

"In the case of modern iPhones it gives unlimited access to the internet.

"It gives rise to all manner of dangers.

"It gives rise to punish convictions severely."