A MAN who tried to smuggle drugs into prison in his penis has been spared jail.
Kenneth Dixon, 22, was visiting his brother-in-law at a Sheffield prison when he was told that he would be searched on his way in.
Dixon, of Eglesfield Road, South Shields, immediately told the officer that he was carrying drugs.
A small quantity, around three grams, of a class C drug were recovered from Dixon.
Dixon’s brother-in-law, who is in jail for murder, had become depressed, the court heard.
The defendant intended to pass the drugs to his brother-in-law during the visiting hour.
Dixon pleaded guilty to one count of bringing in a concealed Class C drug and was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.
Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court: “Two tablets were recovered from the defendant’s penis, and he made full admissions to the police.”
Defending barrister Vic Laffey told the court: “This young man pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
“The offence took place almost a year after the murder – he was aware that his brother-in-law was suffering quite badly from depression.
“He promises that he won’t get into any further trouble.”
Judge Charles Ekin, sentencing, said: “This was a moment of madness on your part”, and instructed Dixon to do 150 hours of unpaid work.
Dixon was also sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months.