Violent prisoner posted Facebook updates to pals after he was jailed for 12 years
A violent prisoner found with two "highly dangerous" weapons stashed in his cell later posted a social media update to tell his friends that he had been jailed for 12 years. Convicted robber and knifeman Daryl Abbey also updated his followers with a New Year's Eve update about how long he still had to serve.
Abbey, 27, admitted possessing two offensive weapons while in Hull Prison on December 20, 2020, and on March 28 last year. While in jail, he adapted an "innocent" paint roller to be a used as a weapon and was later found with a 12-inch iron bar hidden under the bed in his cell, Hull Crown Court heard.
He was on remand at the time but was later jailed for 12 years for wounding with intent and robbery, reports HullLive. Abbey then posted on Facebook: "Just to let everyone know just been sentenced 12 year done 21 month out June 2028."
He did not mention the offences and a friend asked: "What for mate?" - with a shocked face emoji. The man added in another message: "Hope your ok".
Abbey also posted a New Year's Eve update last year saying: "So 2022 is in a couple of hours another year done 6 an half left (78 months) I'll see you all when ever I see ya."
In court, Stephen Welch, prosecuting, said Abbey produced the paint roller - that had been straightened out and sharpened to a point - when a prison officer confronted him about bad behaviour. In another incident, a search of his cell revealed a 12-inch, L-shaped iron bar under his bed.
The metal bar had been pulled from a window and Abbey later claimed that he had the items for his own protection.
Abbey had convictions for 27 previous offences, including being jailed for four years in June 2014 for robbery and being jailed for 16 months in October 2019 for possessing a blade. The 12-year jailing in June last year was for an attack involving stabbing somebody with a machete.
Jane Cooper, mitigating, said that Abbey had been moved from Hull Prison to another jail after the incidents. He was later in Strangeways Prison, Manchester, but against his wishes, was returned to Hull ahead of the court case.
She told the court: "He was very nervous and unhappy while he was at HMP Hull. He realises that he has got a long sentence and he is just looking to get on with his long sentence. He realises that he has many years ahead of him before he is getting out of prison."
Judge Sophie McKone said that the paint roller had been adapted to make a highly dangerous weapon. "You had taken the time and effort to create something which could cause serious harm or death to another person," said the judge.
"Both weapons could have led to further violence and lawlessness in prison. It's hard enough for prison officers to do their job without having to deal with prisoners who are armed and are prepared to use weapons," added the judge
Abbey was jailed for a year, to run consecutively to the 12-year sentence that he is already serving.
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