Seaton man's jail sentence lengthened after weapon found

PUBLISHED: 15:07 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:07 08 August 2017

Jamie Channing

Jamie Channing

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Jamie Channing's 13-year prison term extended by six months after improvised knife discovered in his cell

A Seaton man has been ordered to serve an extra six months in prison after being found with an improvised knife in his cell.

Jamie Channing was on remand at Exeter Prison awaiting trial for a crime spree in Seaton when he was found with the makeshift blade in January this year.

He went on to be convicted of assaults, aggravated burglary, kidnap and possessing a BB gun and jailed for 13 years at a trial in Exeter in February.

Prison officers found him with a metal spoon which had been sharpened to turn it into a knife but which he claimed had been made by his cellmate.

Channing, aged 28, admitted possession of a knife in prison and was jailed for six months by Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him:”You are serving a 13 year sentence for serious offences. You had this sharpened piece of cutlery as a weapon about one month before you were sentenced.

“Any offence involving violence or possession of a weapon in prison must be met by a consecutive sentence.”

Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said the improvised weapon was found in the waistband of Channing’s trousers during a cell search.

It was made of metal and looked as if it had been adapted from a cutlery spoon by being sharpened.

Mr Richards said: “The Governor has made a statement saying assaults and incidents of violence have increased over the past two years and this has had an impact on staff and prisoners.

“There was no violence in this case but there was something which could be used for it.”

Emily Cook, defending, said the weapon belonged to Channing’s cellmate, who had left it with him after going for a court appearance. He had been planning to hand it in but officers searched him before he had a chance to do so.

Channing was the leader of a gang which brought terror to the streets of Seaton. He was a cocaine user who was trying to set himself up as a dealer.

He got his girlfriend to buy him a BB gun which he planned to use to terrify a drug user into dealing for him.

He attacked an entirely innocent woman and her teenaged son in Summersby Close, Seaton. after mistaking her for his intended victim.

He went on track down and attack the home of his real target, who he also kidnapped and took to Exeter. He went on to assault another drug user at a lock up at Leggetts Lane, Axmouth over an alleged debt.

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