A prisoner who attempted to sneak a mobile phone into prison was rushed to hospital after it became lodged up his bottom.
Roderick Bambury underwent emergency surgery at Perth Royal Infirmary as he was struck down by crippling pains.
Moments earlier he had set off metal detectors as an effort to smuggle the device into Perth Prison which has a ban on prisoners using mobile phones ended in failure.
The 36-year-old had told prison officers that something would be detected as he had had a metal plate fitted.
When they checked his medical records they discovered that was untrue and, when something metal was detected, he revealed that he was concealing a mobile telephone up his back passage.
“Things got worse from there for him, because he was unable to have the telephone removed by himself and was in considerable discomfort,” said depute fiscal Charmaine Gilmartin.
“He had to go to hospital to have surgery to remove the phone.”
Bambury, of Lansdowne Court, in Dundee, admitted having a mobile telephone in Perth Prison on June 1 last year.
Sheriff Alastair Brown told Bambury he was fortunate that he did not suffer serious injury, as he sent him back to prison for 4 months.