Yes he was there, if not in body, most definitely in voice, and heard by hundreds of people.
At around 3pm yesterday at the Old Timer’s rally, on The Leas, Folkestone, the voice of its “sponsor“, Michael Stainer (pictured) was heard booming out from the tannoy system. The recording can be heard at the end of this blog post.
He mentions by name the current Mayor of Folkestone, Town Cllr Nicola Keen who was handing out the trophies, and former past Mayor Ann Berry who were both present yesterday.
Mr Stainer made the call either from a prison telephone, or a mobile phone. It is not known if he was locked up in his cell at the time when the call was made, or he was able to associate freely with others at around 3pm yesterday 29 August 2022.
Section 40D(3A) Prison Act 1952 provides that it is an offence within a prison for anyone to possess, without authorisation, devices capable of transmitting or receiving images, sounds or information by electronic communications. This includes not only a mobile phone but also any component part or article designed or adapted for use with such a device, such as a SIM card or a charger for a mobile telephone.
The maximum penalty on conviction for possession of a mobile phone is two years’ imprisonment or a fine or both.
Now of course we cannot say if Mr Stainer, used a mobile phone. Nor can we say if the persons he called, or the member for the Morris Minor Club are on his approved telephone list. It can however be checked by HMP Onley and by Kent Police via cell site analysis, if he called from a mobile or not.
If perchance Mr Stainer has committed a crime, the evidence isn’t hard to find as you can listen to it below. Apologies, for some of the sound quality, as there was at times a rather stiff breeze.
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