Scott Smith successfully defended a female alleged to have taken cannabis into a prison in her underwear and 'supplied' it to an inmate during a social visit

21 May 2021

Scott represented an individual who was alleged to have conveyed two large wraps of cannabis into a prison by concealing it in her underwear. It was further alleged that during the visit the inmate removed the package from the defendant’s underwear whilst purporting to hug her. The inmate was searched after the visit and the cannabis located in his trousers. The contact was captured on CCTV. Scott successfully cross examined the prison officers on the basis that the contact could have been an intimate encounter, and that the inmate was already in possession of the drugs upon arrival at the visit. It was necessary to cross examine on search techniques and the availability of drugs in prisons, in addition to routines within prisons themselves. The defendant was unanimously acquitted.

Scott was instructed by Peter Walsh of Shaw Graham Kersh.