Stephen Lawrence ‘s killer has been caught with a phone in his prison cell for the second time in months, as questions have been raised over how he was able to possess it.
The smartphone used illegally was found inside David Norris’, 46, body after he was X-rayed at Dartmoor prison on Friday 25 November.
Now, prison chiefs are facing serious questions after the killer was found in possession of a cellular device for the second time in two months.
In an appalling security lapse, the racist killer was discovered to have been sending WhatsApp messages and selfies from his cell to friends outside jail.
A bombshell investigation – conducted by the Daily Mail – tipped off the Ministry of Justice that the killer was using the device and flouting strict prison rules.
Staff raided Norris’s cell on Tuesday evening, while he was out. However, after failing to find anything, they then X-rayed him and a scanner revealed a ‘large rectangle object’ in an intimate place.
It was then discovered to be a black smartphone, which is believed to have been shared among other inmates in the prison too.
Hours later, the phone was seized and is now set to be examined by the Prison Service’s digital investigations unit, to establish who the foul-mouthed racist had secretly been in contact with.
They wish to analyse whether Norris was in communication with any active criminals outside prison – including those suspected of being involved in Stephen’s murder in 1993.
Officials will also want to find out who supplied the phone, and how it was funded.
Following this discovery, there are now fears that a corrupt member of prison staff had supplied the smartphone to Norris, and a police investigation has been launched.
Shockingly, this is the second time the jailed killer has managed to brandish rules at HMP Dartmoor, a Category C men’s prison.
The move is likely to anger the deceased teenager’s family, as only a few weeks ago a ‘furious’ Brandon Lewis, who was justice secretary at the time, vowed that the ex-gangster’s son would face ‘consequences’ after he was caught illegally using a smartphone in prison in September.
Insiders say that Norris has been ‘locked up’ in a cushy E-wing cell, where inmates are able enjoy a range privileges – despite the latest discovery.
It is understood the killer was moved there earlier this month after he was attacked by two inmates on the tougher C-wing at the prison.
On Sunday night, the Prison Service confirmed the second mobile phone scandal to engulf Norris, jailed for life for murdering Stephen, 18, in Eltham, south London, in 1993.
In a statement, a Prison Service spokesman said: “A phone has been recovered and we continue to investigate.”
They also gave a stark warning to prisoners, adding: We do not tolerate illicit phones in jail and prisoners found with them should expect to face longer behind bars.
“Police are investigating and it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”
The pioneering former president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, said last night of the Norris phone controversy: “This is a disgrace. Utterly scandalous. A lot of crimes are planned in prison through illicit mobile phones.
“This is a major breach of security and I hope the Justice Secretary will order an inquiry into how Norris obtained yet another phone. The governor of Dartmoor Prison must take responsibility for what has happened. Norris is sticking two fingers up at the justice system.”
Meanwhile, the latest finding is likely to end Norris’s hopes of being transferred to a cushy category D open prison in the coming years.
He could be switched to a tougher, higher-security prison in the coming weeks in the aftermath of the latest security breach.
In September, it was revealed that the racist killer was using a smartphone to call and text friends plus log onto Facebook and watch YouTube videos.
Additionally, he launched a foul-mouthed attack on former justice secretary Dominic Raab, who had blocked his bid to move to an open prison in May.
Norris brazenly also posted a picture of himself behind bars wearing Top Gun-style aviator sunglasses and with his TV and Xbox games console in the background.
Five men were initially arrested over the racist murder of A-level student Stephen, in Eltham, south London. Norris and Gary Dobson, 47, were jailed for life for the student’s murder in 2012.
The judge in the Stephen Lawrence murder trial suggested he would have doubled Dobson and Norris’s minimum sentence of had the law allowed.
Mr Justice Treacy told the killer pair in 2012 they would each have faced at least 30 years if they had been adults committing the same crime on a ‘blameless and helpless’ victim in modern times.
However, the judge said that neither man had shown the “slightest regret or remorse,” adding: “The high level of public interest in this case is at least in part a reflection of the abhorrence felt by right-thinking people at the nature of this crime.”