A PRISONER caught with a mobile phone in his cell has been jailed.

Jay Stokes appeared via videolink at Oxford Crown Court yesterday after admitting one count of having a mobile phone while in prison.

Prosecutors said that the 27-year-old of HMP Bullingdon was at the prison near Bicester on the morning of August 20 when officers went to his cell.

Stokes was hidden from view by a towel and when officers searched the cell a mobile phone was discovered.

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The court heard the banned device was a 'mini Zanco mobile phone.'

On further examination it was revealed that the contacts recorded on the device were from Stokes's 'PIN list'.

That list is a recognised contact list of individuals who are approved by the prison for contact by inmates.

In mitigation his defence team said that the phone did not belong to Stokes and that he was asked to look after it.

His defence barrister Sophie Chaplin said that her client was 'put under some pressure to do so.'

Sentencing, Judge Nigel Daly ordered a six month jail term for the single offence.

Stokes must also pay a victim surcharge.