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No action over prison selfie – as staff don't know which cell was used

The prison cell 'selfie' of Lee McCausland posted on his Facebook page
Brendan Hughes

A MAN who posted a prison cell 'selfie' on Facebook will not face action – after staff could not establish the cell the photo was taken in.

Police launched an investigation after Co Tyrone man Lee McCausland uploaded a picture of himself from his time behind bars.

But five months on officials have decided not to take further action, with prison officials unable to determine the cell in which the photograph was snapped.

The image is the second of the 23-year-old's Facebook 'selfies' to be probed by police.

In April was he fined for taking a picture in a Dungannon Courthouse cell after being jailed for 'joyriding' on a tractor.

It was posted on his Facebook page last year along with the message, "Yeo".

He was fined £100 in Dungannon Magistrates Court over the picture and another social media photo apparently taken from the courtroom dock.

The 23-year-old, of Crossowen Gardens, Clogher, had denied taking the pictures but was convicted after failing to turn up to court.

Taking photographs in court is illegal and falls into the category of contempt of court.

Police launched an investigation in April last year after The Irish News revealed the pictures had been posted on Facebook when he was jailed for tractor 'joyriding'.

District Judge Bernie Kelly described the photographs as an "act of pure stupidity".

The second selfie – uploaded in August and subject to a separate investigation – appears to show him inside a different custody cell.

A Court Service spokeswoman had said the picture was not taken in Dungannon Courthouse and "may be a cell in prison or a police station".

Last night a PSNI spokesman said: "Following police enquiries the matter was passed to the Northern Ireland Prison Service."

A Prison Service spokesman said: "Enquiries to establish the location of the cell in which the photograph was taken were inconclusive and no further action is being taken."

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