More time for pair who filmed rap video in jail
A judge has handed nine-month jail sentences to two prisoners who starred in a three-minute rap video recorded behind bars on an illegally-held mobile phone.
Moysha Shepherd and Demehl Thomas, who appeared in court via a videolink to HMP Birmingham, sniggered as a judge said he did not want to waste time watching their rap duet.
The defendants, both aged 25 and from Birmingham, pleaded guilty after becoming the first ever inmates to be charged with making an unauthorised sound recording in prison.
Father-of-six Shepherd, formerly of Hampstead Road, Handsworth, was charged with breaching the 1952 Prison Act in September while serving a five-year sentence for dangerous driving and involvement in a prison van break-out plot.
Thomas, previously of Vernolds Croft, Highgate, was serving a seven-year term for aggravated burglary. A third inmate recorded the video, which was said to contain nothing offensive.