A MAN has been jailed for trying to take drugs to ferry arsonist Boden Hughes in prison.
Kevin Forster was seen behaving suspiciously during the visit, Durham Crown Court heard.
“Hughes was on remand in Durham Prison at the time,” said Peter Sabiston, prosecuting.
“He also drew attention to the situation by running away from the visiting room table.
“Forster was taken to a separate room where prison officers found a small package containing four buprenorphine tablets. These have a high value in prison.”
Forster, 32, of Ethel Terrace, Castletown, Sunderland, admitted taking a prohibited article into prison. Susan Hirst, defending, said: “This offence does not show him as a good role model, but he is normally a dedicated dad.”
Judge Robert Adams jailed Forster for eight weeks.
He said: “I would be failing in my public duty if I did not send you to custody, even if only for a short time.
“A message needs to be sent to others tempted to behave in the way you did.”
•Hughes, 26, of Fulwell Road, Sunderland, admits setting fire to his cabin on a DFDS ferry as it was sailing from North Shields to Amsterdam on December 28, last year.
He is due to be sentenced later this month.