A prisoner has allegedly been caught flouting rules by posting pictures of himself in his cell on Facebook.
Jamie Mathew Gallagher, 23, from Morecambe, is serving a four-and-a-half year sentence in HMP Haverigg for being part of a trio that took a man hostage for two hours and tortured him with pliers.
Last Saturday he appeared to upload a picture of himself posing in a jail cell despite a strict ban on mobile phones behind prison walls.
On the Facebook page a series of postings described Gallagher’s eagerness to be released and on one occasion hinted that someone would be “getting it tonight” in Morecambe for going near “a lad’s bird while they in jail.”
On the page he also asked his friends to write to him and posted about his plans for his release, saying: “Another year gone by 23 now out in May the 2014 yeah boy man got big plans got make money.”
In January last year the former labourer was part of a gang who lured a 25-year-old man to a flat before kicking him in the head, cutting his ankle with pliers and threatening to cut off his thumbs.
A Prison Service spokesman said today: “It is a criminal offence to have a mobile phone in prison.
“Any prisoner found with one will be dealt with severely.”