A convict tricked his cancer-suffering dad into taking nearly £500 of cannabis into prison without telling him.
James Farrell, 72, thought he was bringing two packages of tobacco into HMP Altcourse for his son Stuart Farrell, 38.
The inmate said he was being bullied at the jail in Fazakerley, Liverpool, which left his dad ‘worried sick’.
Farrell told him he would find it easier to cope on the inside if he brought him some tobacco on his next visit.
One day when Farrell snr returned home from bingo, he found two packages outside his property in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Liverpool Crown Court heard he then tried to take them into the Catagory B prison during a planned social visit on November 4 last year.
Prosecutor Michael Stephenson said the father gave the items to his son, but this was spotted by prison officers.