72-year-old granny in dock for smuggling drugs into prison
A 72-YEAR-OLD woman has admitted trying to smuggle a controlled drug to her son in Swansea Prison.
Neath grandmother Elizabeth Veysey went into the jail with cannabis resin hidden under her skirt, Swansea Crown Court heard.
Police were alerted after staff spotted her removing the drug as she sat at a table in the visiting room.
The incident was described yesterday when Veysey, of Moorland Road, Cimla, pleaded guilty to a charge of conveying an illicit substance into a prison.
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She was given a six-month jail sentence which Judge Keith Thomas suspended for a year.
Brian Simpson, prosecuting, said that on the afternoon of October 29 the pensioner went to Swansea Prison to visit her son, who was on remand there.
After leaving possessions in a locker and undergoing a "rub-down" search, Veysey was taken to a table in the visiting room.
But staff were suspicious, having monitored some telephone calls that had been made.
Veysey was then seen to remove something from under her skirt and slip it into her pocket, said Mr Simpson.
At this point, staff intervened and escorted her from the visiting room to question her.
Veysey then pulled a packet containing 12.7 grams of cannabis resin from her pocket and said: "I'm sorry."
After being arrested and taken to Swansea Central police station, the pensioner said she had bought the cannabis resin for her son because he was "down in the dumps" over access problems involving his daughter.
The drug had cost £20, she claimed, and she had obtained it from two men wearing balaclavas near a Tesco car park.
John Hipkin, in mitigation, said: "There was some emotional pressure that she should not have succumbed to."
Judge Thomas told Veysey: "Any delivery of drugs into a prison environment is so serious that only custody is justified."
However, added the judge, the court was able to suspend imprisonment in Veysey's case because she was 72 and the last time she had committed a criminal offence was more than 30 years ago.
He also directed that she must stay in regular contact with the probation service over the next 12 months.