An 82-year-old “sugar daddy” caught taking crack cocaine into HMP New Hall has avoided jail.
A court heard how William Jones had been led astray by a younger female inmate after he was caught with 1.35g of the drug at the Flockton prison.
The former engineer was charged with supplying the Class A drug and possessing it with intent to supply female prisoner Michaela Moss.
Leeds Crown Court heard Jones, who was considerably older than Moss, had been befriended by her during the past year.
And when she jailed they remained in contact via letters and phone calls.
Moss arranged for the elderly family man to get the drugs from a third party and meet her in prison.
Martin Robertshaw, prosecuting, said: “Clearly Moss had formed a relationship with Mr Jones, who has been looked upon as being her sugar daddy.
“On July 17, 2012, Mr Jones attended prison to meet Moss when she was about to be released.
“Mr Jones was searched and inside his wallet the police found eight rocks of cocaine.”
The court heard that Jones went on to give Moss two rocks of cocaine but it was never found by police.
Jones, of Hull, East Yorkshire, had pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing.
Sentencing the OAP today (Monday) Recorder Deborah Sherwin said: “She ( Moss) is somebody who is a bad influence on you and has got you into lots of trouble.
“She dragged you into her world of drug taking. You really ought to think long and hard about whether it is in your interest to have any more to do with her.
“This is an unusual case where the older person has been led astray by the younger person.
“You have not been in any trouble before it is sad to see someone of your age getting yourself into this kind of mess.
“You have managed to live for more than eighty years without getting into trouble.
“Even though you are in your 80’s you could still have been going to prison today.”
Jones was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and has been placed under the supervision of the probation service for one year.