‘RE­SPECTABLE’WOMAN BANGED UP AF­TER HAUL SEIZED Jail vis­i­tor’s pon­cho hid drug stash han­dover

MoD award for armed forces help

Sunday Sun - - News - By ROB KENNEDY [email protected]­plc.com

Court re­porter A WOMAN who used a large pon­cho to hide the fact she was pass­ing a cock­tail of drugs to an in­mate dur­ing a jail visit em­brace has been locked up.

“Re­spectable” Ruth Peart was at HMP Northum­ber­land to see a serv­ing pris­oner when she tried to use the gar­ment to dis­guise the fact she was hand­ing over a pack­age con­tain­ing heroin, crack co­caine, co­caine and pre­scrip­tion drugs.

But guards spot­ted what was go­ing on and swooped to seize the £2,000 haul.

Now 46-year-old Peart, de­scribed as a “thor­oughly re­spectable lady”, has been jailed for 13 months at New­cas­tle Crown Court.

Judge Amanda Rip­pon told Peart: “The pro­vi­sion of class A drugs to pris­on­ers has a huge im­pact on the gen­eral dis­or­der and be­hav­iour of pris­on­ers in­side the prison.

“It causes prob­lems for prison of­fi­cers, pris­on­ers that don’t take drugs and pris­on­ers that do take drugs. It is with a JUDGE AMANDA RIP­PON NEW­CAS­TLE City Coun­cil has re­ceived for­mal recog­ni­tion of its long-term com­mit­ment to the armed forces with a gold award by the Min­istry of De­fence.

The recog­ni­tion is for the work of Coun­cil­lor Karen Kil­gour, the Armed Forces Cham­pion, plus that of the Fairer Hous­ing Unit, the New­cas­tle Armed Forces Fo­rum and the City Coun­cil.

The work has in­cluded re­vis­ing hous­ing poli­cies to in­crease the pri­or­ity awarded to mem­bers of the armed forces heavy heart, in your cir­cum­stances, that I have con­cluded you can only be sen­tenced to an im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tence.

“There has to be a de­ter­rent to pre­vent peo­ple, even peo­ple like your­self with a good back­ground and good char­ac­ter be­cause these are the kinds of peo­ple that are used.”

Peart, of Ch­esters Av­enue, Long­ben­ton, North Ty­ne­side, ad­mit­ted five of­fences of tak­ing banned items into prison, last Novem­ber. Pros­e­cu­tor Rachel Masters told the court: “The de­fen­dant was ob­served to stand up and be­gin to em­brace with the pris­oner. “At the time she was wear­ing a large pon­cho.

“This pon­cho was used to ob­scure what was go­ing on.”

The court heard the in­mate was seen “fum­bling” in his pocket af­ter the em­brace. He tried to dis­pose of the pack­age when staff ap­proached.

Kate Barnes, mit­i­gat­ing, said Peart is a “thor­oughly re­spectable lady” who had been asked to take what she thought were painkillers to an in­mate who had been in­jured in a beat­ing be­hind bars. Miss Barnes said Peart was “put un­der sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure and threats were of­fered” be­fore she even­tu­ally agreed. com­mu­nity to help peo­ple get re­housed sooner. Coun Kil­gour, cab­i­net mem­ber for Health and So­cial Care and Armed Forces Cham­pion, said: “New­cas­tle is a safe city for vet­er­ans and we work hard to en­sure we sup­port the armed forces com­mu­nity both prac­ti­cally and emo­tion­ally.

“This award is recog­ni­tion of New­cas­tle’s ded­i­ca­tion to those who serve our coun­try, and high­lights the pas­sion of the coun­cil to en­sure they re­main val­ued mem­bers of our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Ruth Peart has been jailed for tak­ing drugs into HMP Northum­ber­land

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