Jailed man destroys evidence with help of mobile phone

A prisoner in Gävle in eastern Sweden made several calls home to his girlfriend from his cell after police in the town failed to detect that he had smuggled in a mobile phone in his sock.

The 51-year-old was arrested in August for suspected doping offences after police discovered a quantity of anabolic steroids during a raid on the couple’s home.

But when the detainee called home to his 46-year-old girlfriend, she was able to inform him that the police had only found a fraction of his stash, the rest of which was hidden behind a bookshelf in the hall.

He then furnished her with a password to his computer and instructed her to delete any sensitive files that might aid the police in their investigation.

“It would have been very interesting to read what was on his computer. But we’re not completely reliant on the information that disappeared. We have very strong evidence against him,” prosecutor Peter Olofsson told the Gefle Dagblad newspaper.

The 51-year-old also made a number of further calls to pay-as-you-go mobile phones, which police have not been able to trace.

The man’s 46-year-old girlfriend has also been indicted on doping charges. Both face sentences of six months to four years in prison if found guilty.