A PRISONER's sentence has been extended after he was caught with a mobile phone in his cell.

Ben Houldsworth, 29, had his cell at HMP Guys Marsh searched by following a tip-off he was in possession of a phone on March 5, 2020.

Prosecuting, Andrew Newman, told Weymouth Magistrates' Court how Houldsworth initially denied he had a phone, but then produced an iPhone with a charging cable.

He added: "I would say this is a serious offence of having a mobile phone in a cell."

Houldsworth, who was previously jailed for nine years for drug dealing in 2019, pleaded guilty to possession of a mobile phone.

Mitigating, Rodney Wilson, noted that he provided the mobile phone to officers and has not reoffended since.

He said: "It was a phone he acquired in prison and he used it for predominately contacting his family and a couple of friends but no one linked to drug dealing.

"Since this incident, there are no further offences. He has been brought to court and he was reluctant to go to court before due to him shielding as he has a hereditary heart condition.

Chairman of the bench Mike Davies, said: "These offences are treated very seriously and could potentially undermine the whole prison system which we cannot allow."

Houldsworth was sentenced to a further six months in prison, to run consecutively, and must pay a £130 victim surcharge.