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Woman sentenced for smuggling phones into prison

Following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), a 24-year-old woman has been sentenced after helping to smuggle phones into a prison.

Rahimah De Silva was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to convey List B articles into prison.

Between August 2020 and January 2021, De Silva worked with her brother, Denny De Silva, to transport mobile phones and other components, such as SIM cards and chargers, into HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes.

Denny De Silva was serving a life sentence for murder and was using the phones to access and disseminate Islamist extremist material.

In July, he pleaded guilty to two counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to Section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006, and one count of conspiring to convey List B articles into prison under section 40C of Prison Act 1952 and was sentenced to 45 months in prison.

Head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), Detective Chief Superintendent Olly Wright, said: “Rahimah De Silva has now been sentenced for conspiring with her brother to smuggle phones into prison.

“CTPSE works closely with the prison service to disrupt access to illicit items by those in prison, including preventing terrorists from spreading their radicalising influence behind bars.

“We continue to work tirelessly to keep our communities safe from terrorism, but we can’t do it without your help. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious and think someone may be engaging in terrorist activity or beginning to follow the wrong path, please do trust your instincts and act by reporting it to us.”

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