Rapist complains that tuna and olive oil are too expensive in prison

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A convicted rapist has written from his cell that prisoners are being ‘ripped off’ for items like olive oil and tuna. Adam Marchment, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for raping a 15-year-old girl and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, carried out a price comparison survey from his cell at HMP Parkhurst. He also got a relative to check the prices of the items at supermarkets and against recommended retail prices. Writing in prison magazine Inside Time, he wrote that prisons weren’t allowed to charge above the RRP. He said: ‘On Princes.co.uk they state that the RRP for a tin of mackerel fillets in tomato sauce is £1.45, yet DHL sell them to us for £1. Rapist complains that tuna and olive oil are too expensive in prison Richard Hartley-Parkinson for Metro.co.uk Monday 13 Nov 2017 7:06 am Share this article with Facebook Share this article with Twitter Share this article with Whatsapp Share this article through SMS 146 Adam Marchment is serving a 10-year prison sentence for raping a 15-year-old girl (Picture: Facebook) A convicted rapist has written from his cell that prisoners are being ‘ripped off’ for items like olive oil and tuna. Adam Marchment, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for raping a 15-year-old girl and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, carried out a price comparison survey from his cell at HMP Parkhurst. He also got a relative to check the prices of the items at supermarkets and against recommended retail prices. Writing in prison magazine Inside Time, he wrote that prisons weren’t allowed to charge above the RRP. He said: ‘On Princes.co.uk they state that the RRP for a tin of mackerel fillets in tomato sauce is £1.45, yet DHL sell them to us for £1.75. Rapist complains that olive oil and tuna are pricey in jail Play Video Loaded: 0%Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Fullscreen ‘I also had a comparison website checked and none of the top supermarkets had the same item priced at over £1.40. In fact at most supermarkets you can get 4 tins for £5. ‘A bag of Nescafe coffee original 150g, is £2.99, yet DHL sells this item to us for £3.99. ‘Extra virgin olive oil is £1.99 for 500ml, but DHL sell us 250ml for the same price. Are you seeing the recurring pattern?’ He added: ‘DHL continue to rip us off and are getting away with it. ‘It is about time HMPPS stopped ignoring this situation and realise that prisoners have access to the outside world and will question the utter rubbish they try to feed us.’ Marchment was jailed at Guildford Crown Court in April 2016 following the attacks in September 2015 and July 2014. Marchment believes that he’s paying more for tuna and olive oil in prison than people do on the outside He was on the run for more than a month, and even taunted cops on social media, putting a video called ‘Man on the Run’ on YouTube bragging about how officers couldn’t catch him. Speaking on the video at the time – wearing sunglasses and a hoodie – he said: ‘Hello everyone, I’m Adam Marchment and as you all know I am a wanted man. I have now been on the run for 37 days. ‘I’ve got a little message for Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Police – ‘run run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Marchment man’.’ He was caught soon after posting the video online. Bosses at the HMPPS said that it was ‘mindful of the need to provide value for money to the taxpayer in all our contracted services’. It said, however, in a response to criticism over canteen prices in Inside Time that ‘all public sector prisons must operate a cost-neutral contract, at no cost to the public’. It stated that prisons ‘must use the National Product List (NPL) in offering items to prisoners, and is not permitted to charge over the market recommended retail price for any of the products sold’. A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘Products sold through the prison canteen service are never higher than the manufacturer’s recommended retail price.’


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