A prison inmate claimed not to have a contraband mobile phone in his cell - despite it lying out on a table.

Staff searched Ayodele Obawle's cell on April 9 last year at MHP Barlinnie around 11am and asked him if there was anything he should not have.

When he said no, they asked specifically if he had a prison issue phone.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard this week how he told officers: "I don't have one, it was taken off me the other day."

But the phone was found out on a table in the cell covered by some sheets of paper.

The back of the phone had been tampered with.

When asked if it belonged to him, the 23-year-old said: "I don't know."

Obawle's defence solicitor Ron Mackenna said: "He is fully aware this could attract a custodial sentence."

The lawyer added that his client is currently doing well in the community and he is "fully engaging" with social work supports.

Mr Mackenna added: "He is very grateful for the support."

Sheriff Diana McConnell put Obawle, whose address was given as the city's Queen's Park Hotel, on a community payback order for 12 months as a direct alternative to jail.

He was tagged for 54 days, keeping him at home from 8pm to 7am for the first 30 days and then from 9pm until 7am for the next 24.