A teenager accused of trying to throw drugs and two mobile phones into HMP Berwyn has been cleared.
Rhys Robert Jones, 18, had denied “ throwing prohibited items” towards The Bala Wing of the new £250m Wrexham superprison.
He pleaded not guilty to two charges of throwing prohibited items – a quantity of spice, a class B drug, and two mobile phones – into the prison on May 26 last year.
The prosecution alleged he was one of two people – the second was not identified – wearing hoods outside the prison seen hurling the items.
Jones, of Greyhound Park Road in Speke, Liverpool, was charged amid allegations his DNA and a finger print were found on the package – denied any involvement.
The defendant, who had been remanded in custody, was cleared following a submission by defending barrister Philip Tully at the end of the prosecution case that a properly directed jury could not in law convict.
Judge David Hale said there was not a scrap of evidence that the defendant was one of the throwers.
There was no evidence he was in Wrexham that day.
What evidence there was – based on his mobile phone – showed that he was in Liverpool.
It would be equally as possible the package had been prepared by the defendant but that he was not one of those who threw it.
Judge Hale said that if the defendant had been charged with conspiracy it would have been different.
Prosecuting barrister Jonathan Austin said that the case had always been put on the basis that the defendant was one of the people at the prison throwing the items.
Judge Hale discharged the jury, telling them it was something he did very rarely.
Source : DailyPost