Jailed killer had phone hid­den up his back­side

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A HOMESICK killer was found with a phone hid­den up his back­side which he used to call his mum.

Con­victed killer Ta­los Miller, 29, had to be wres­tled to the floor by prison of­fi­cers when they de­tected a phone in his cell.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the mo­bile was found lodged in his back­side.

A SIM card was also found in his pocket at Parc Prison in Brid­gend.

Miller, who has spent a decade be­hind bars for the man­slaugh­ter of David Stimp­son in Not­ting­ham, claimed he only wanted to call his mum.

David Pugh, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “The phone was not used for any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

“He had called his mother in Manch­ester be­cause it was cheaper than the prison phones.”

His de­fence bar­ris­ter, Jonathan Webb, said: “His strong­est mit­i­ga­tion is his guilty plea.”

Miller has 23 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 65 of­fences but was jailed in 2008 af­ter he left Mr Stimp­son to die when he robbed and then punched the 39-yearold.

He was given an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence af­ter ad­mit­ting man­slaugh­ter.

His vic­tim died of a se­ri­ous brain in­jury and was found in a pool of blood by po­lice.

At the time of the trial the court heard that Miller, who was then 19, had ear­lier spot­ted his vic­tim in a pub wear­ing a gold chain, and told a friend: “I’m hav­ing that.”

The sen­tenc­ing judge in the case told Miller he was a “vi­o­lent young preda­tor”.

In the lat­est hear­ing, Judge Jeremy Jenk­ins added 16 months to Miller’s al­ready lengthy sen­tence for the phone of­fence.

He said: “There was no ev­i­dence that the phone was be­ing used for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

“But mo­bile phones in prison is a grow­ing prob­lem – es­pe­cially at Parc – so much so that they now have to re­fer in­ci­dences of mo­bile phones to the po­lice.”

Fig­ures re­leased by the Prison Ser­vice and Min­istry of Jus­tice last month showed that pris­on­ers in Wales ap­pear to be in­creas­ingly keep­ing in con­tact il­le­gally with the out­side world by phone.

As we re­ported two weeks ago, there were 154 in­ci­dents where mo­bile phones were dis­cov­ered in Parc Prison in the 12 months to March this year, com­pared to 102 the pre­vi­ous year.

Cardiff Prison also had more mo­bile phone dis­cov­er­ies – to­talling 52 in­ci­dents – com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

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