Another murderer pops up on Facebook
Status: Not going out tonight
A second convicted murderer has been caught using Facebook to keep the world up to date with his life inside.
Colin Gunn, 42, is serving 35 years for conspiracy to murder Joan and John Stirland.
But despite this, he has had a Facebook profile for the last two months. The page was regularly updated leading to suspicion that he was using a mobile phone rather than getting friends to update it for him.
Gunn said on the site: “Good news from seeing the security governor, he said he had no problem with me blogging. I’ve provided him with all of the up-to-date laws on it. Unlike the security at HMP Whitemoor, it does not concern them here,” according to The Sunday Times.
The profile also included threatening messages.
Of course, if Gunn can access Facebook presumably he's using other, less public, sites and services too. Or just using his phone to continue running his business from jail.
The Ministry of Justice said it would look at the issue.
The Prison Officers' Association said they needed more resources to search for mobile phones or the ability to jam their use within prisons.
Last week a man serving time for the murder of Ben Kinsella had his profile on the site removed, after complaints from the Kinsella family. ®
Too soft on these criminals. Full body cavity search, followed by sanitised cell search. No TVs, no games.
A prisoners day should be highly regimented.
0500 wake up, ablutions and breakfast (Porridge)
0530 assigned to work party, move to work area.
0600 Start breaking rocks, sorting recyclable rubbish, work on prison farm, chain gangs, etc
1230-1800 More work
1800-1830 Ablutions and meal
1830-2200 Education, Literacy and maths,
2200- Lights out.
No access to TV, media, cellphones, visiting relatives to be seen only behind glass. Simples.
Labour, soft on criminals, soft on crime (cause we're gangsters too)
Cell phones eh?
Resources my a**e
They have been able to buy femtocells for ages and small BTSes from the likes of ip.access, Huawei or Ericssson before that. Couple that with a "prison service" softswitch and voila - no need for PBX, less need for walkie talkies, etc.
This would allow any unauthenticated phones within the area to be told to die and to stay dead. Much better than jamming.
It is also a service that _ANY_ of the UK operators can provide (or can be coerced into providing) via a regulatory mandate. Actually, correct that - they _SHOULD_ be coerced into providing it via a regulatory mandate. The technology now to do that is part of the networks and using it is in the public interest.