A violent criminal has been caught flouting prison rules by posting pictures of himself in his cell on Facebook.
Jamie Mathew Gallagher, 23, from Morecambe, is serving a four-and-a-half year sentence in HMP Haverigg for being part of a trio that took a man hostage for two hours and tortured him with pliers.
On Saturday he uploaded a picture of himself posing in a cell despite a strict ban on mobile phones behind prison walls.
In a series of posts made from behind Haverigg prison walls he described his eagerness to be released and on one occasion hinted that someone would be “getting it tonight” in Morecambe for going near “a lad’s bird while they in jail.”
He also asked his friends to write to him and posted about his plans for his release, saying: “Another year gone by 23 now out in May the 2014 yeah boy man got big plans got make money.”
In January 2012 the former labourer was part of a gang who lured a 25-year-old man to a flat before kicking him in the head, cutting his ankle with pliers and threatening to cut off his thumbs.
After the men were sentenced detective constable Sue Palmer of Lancaster CID said: “In the judge’s words, they subjected him to a brutal, pitiless and inhuman attack.
“Their actions were extreme and left the victim feeling terrified. Thankfully they are now behind bars.”
A Prison Service spokesman said: “Prisoners are barred from updating any social networking sites while serving their sentence, or asking others to do so from outside prison.
“It is a criminal offence to have a mobile phone in prison and any prisoner found with one will be dealt with severely.”