A convict found breaking the rules by sharing threatening and boastful messages on social media from his cell told the Evening Express he would “flush” his phone in a bid to hide the evidence.
Robert Wemyss, who was jailed for 10 years in 2013 for attempting to murder three cops, boasted of being “evil” and a “psychopath” while posting grinning selfies and showing off his poster-covered HMP Grampian cell.
In 2018 the Evening Express revealed how Wemyss posted on Facebook from the Peterhead superjail describing it as “The Grampian Resort”.
This week he put videos on Instagram and even brazenly told the Evening Express he would have to flush his illicit mobile phone after being rumbled.
The Evening Express contacted Wemyss for comment. He later banned the Evening Express from his Instagram account after messaging us to say: “Thanks for the heads up. Phone will be flushed as the (sic) can’t prove anything take care enjoy your story I’ll read it imorn.”
Wemyss was 22 when sentenced at the High Court in Dumbarton in March 2013 after a trial in Aberdeen that January when he was convicted of car theft, dangerous driving and attempted murder.
In July 2012 he stole a BMW X5 in Kingswells, and drove on footpaths and grass verges while pursued by the police.
Wemyss overtook a bus and chased an unmarked police car, which he hit – then drove at the three officers when they got out.
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One Instagram message from two days ago shows him in his cell with the caption: “I’m not gonna lie I’m evil kl slit your throat for disrespect I’m not gonna lie I’m a psychopath I’ll ram your car off the road.”
In another, of a bare-chested Wemyss, the caption says: “Killing time ‘n’ looking fine nearly home 2023.”
One video described as an “oldie” shows a car doing doughnuts in a field and is captioned: “That’s why the judge called me dangerous and reckless.” He also posted a video in which he playfully strikes another inmate’s face with a flip-flop.
The Evening Express alerted the SPS to Wemyss’s Instagram account and a spokeswoman pledged to “take all appropriate action”.
But 24 hours later he was still posting videos and the Evening Express was even able to contact him from his jail cell.
In private messages he admitted operating the account and criticised conditions in the Peterhead super-prison.
Asked if he thought the SPS was handling the Covid-19 crisis well he wrote: “No there (sic) not there (sic) locking us up all day taking a few out at exercise at a time min it’s a joke ere.
“Grampian boys demand masks and gloves because of this virus the (sic) refused us it.
“There are big concerns about the sps.”
Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary and north-east MSP Liam Kerr said: “Prisoners should not be able to get access to mobile phones in prison, let alone set up social media accounts.
“Now this has been exposed, people will be hoping that prison bosses seize the device and shut down the account.”
An SPS spokeswoman said: “We do no comment on individual prisoners.
“If we receive information to suggest prisoners are in possession of such devices we will take all appropriate action and report it to the relevant authorities.”