A Lanarkshire prisoner has been jailed for six months after being caught trying to throw cell phones down the toilet at Shotts prison.
John Hardie – a gang associate of the Lyon crime gang – is serving 20 years for his role in a series of barbaric attacks, including a plot to assassinate Lyon rival Steven “Bonzo” Daniel.
He was jailed in May 2019 for his involvement in the grisly attack on Bonzo two years earlier, which followed a car chase at over 100 mph in north Glasgow.
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His car was hit while trying to reach the M8 and he suffered a sustained attack with weapons, including a machete, which left his face permanently disfigured.
Hardie was discovered with the mobiles last August when guards searched his cell at HMP Shotts where he is serving his sentence. He tried unsuccessfully to flush one down the toilet to avoid detection.
They then found a second device hidden in his cell.
He appeared by video conference at Hamilton Sheriff Court where he admitted a charge of illegal possession of the devices in prison.
Hardie’s lawyer Linda Findlay told the court her client was using the devices to stay in touch with her children who were in Spain at the time.
She said: “It was in the middle of the pandemic and he is serving a very important 20-year sentence.
“He found confinement particularly difficult and having no contact with his family.
“When he was imprisoned and before the confinement, the children would come to visit him but frankly it is boring going to a prison because there is not much to do and the family cannot interact properly.
“He wanted to keep in touch with them and that’s why he had the items.”
The court also heard that Hardie had lost all of his prison privileges for a period of 28 days.
Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen has sentenced Hardie to six months in jail which will run concurrently with his 20-year sentence.
He said: “You know it is a very serious matter to have a cell phone in your custody.
“You now have a conviction for what will be before the parole board if you apply for it.
“You have suffered a loss of privileges but not for a long time and you deserve to be punished for it. I note that the earliest release date and a concurrent sentence is the appropriate way to go. “
Following a lengthy trial in Glasgow, Hardie was one of six gang thugs jailed in 2019 for a total of over 100 years for plotting the murder of five men linked to rival Daniel family.
Brian Ferguson, Andrew Gallacher and Hardie each received 20 years in prison.
Robert Pickett was jailed for 16 years, Peter Bain for 15 years and Andrew Sinclair for 13 years and three months.
Lord Mulholland told them: “You have sought to turn Glasgow into a war zone for your quarrel.
“It is a civilized city, founded on the rule of law. There is no place for this type of behavior, retaliation or the law of the jungle.
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