Young of­fender kept makeshift weapon in cell

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A TEENAGER kept a makeshift weapon in his cell af­ter be­ing sub­jected to racially ag­gra­vated bul­ly­ing and threats at a young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion, a court has heard.

Graphic de­sign stu­dent Cado­nius Lowe was caught with the triple­bladed weapon fol­low­ing a fight in which he was not in­volved on his wing at Parc Prison in Brid­gend last sum­mer.

Speak­ing at New­port Crown Court, pros­e­cu­tor Robert Good­win said: “The Crown’s case is that this was made for the pur- pose of caus­ing in­jury.”

The court heard prison of­fi­cers searched his cell at 8.20am on June 25 and found a plas­tic piece of cut­lery with three ra­zor blades melted to the tip and a black han­dle bound in twine.

Mr Good­win said Lowe was serv­ing a 28-month sen­tence at the time for two drug of­fences and pos­sess­ing a bladed ar­ti­cle in a pub­lic place.

The de­fen­dant gave a pre­pared state­ment, telling of­fi­cers it was for his own pro­tec­tion, then an­swered “no com­ment” to the ques­tions put to him.

Suzanne Payne, de­fend­ing, said her client was scared to an­swer the ques­tions be­cause he was be­ing asked about who was threat­en­ing him and he feared reprisals. She said: “He was sub­jected to bul­ly­ing and threats from the time he ar­rived. Those threats had in­creased in the week prior to June 25 and he was made aware he was likely to be tar­geted.”

Ms Payne told the court the bul­ly­ing was racially ag­gra­vated and said Lowe ac­cepted arm­ing him­self.

She ar­gued it was not a “highly dan­ger­ous” weapon and was not used to threaten or cause fear.

The court heard Lowe has been moved on to a dif­fer­ent wing and has not been bul­lied since. His bar­ris­ter said he now wishes he had asked for a trans­fer sooner.

Lowe, 19, from Par­launt Road in Slough, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon. He has a Level Two BTEC in en­gi­neer­ing and is now spend­ing five days a week in the ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre study­ing for a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in graphic de­sign.

The court heard he had an un­set­tled fam­ily life grow­ing up and com­mit­ted the orig­i­nal drugs of­fences be­cause he was in debt.

Recorder Tim­o­thy Bren­nan QC said: “It is quite ob­vi­ously a weapon de­signed to be used in case of a fight or at­tack within the prison.”

Lowe will have to spend an­other four months in the young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion. An or­der was made for the weapon to be de­stroyed.

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