Violent prisoners who were locked up for killing a delivery driver have been boasting about their ‘easy’ life in jail on Facebook.
Michael Roberts uploaded naked photographs of himself and fellow inmate John Reid joking about inside the high-security Saughton Prison in Edinburgh.
Roberts, 22, told friends online: ‘Yeah my bro it’s so easy in here,’ as he used a mobile phone from his prison cell.
Michael Roberts uploaded naked photographs of himself and fellow inmate John Reid joking about inside the high-security Saughton Prison in Edinburgh
Inmate Lee Ridgway was also pictured online showing off at Saughton Prison
Another picture added on Monday shows Roberts and inmate Lee Ridgway with the comment: ‘Me and ma brother chilling’
Roberts’ posts were made under the name Mikey 00tsoon on Facebook and MikeyRoberts30 on Instagram.
Nude photos of Michael Roberts and his fellow inmates – including one freed killer returned to jail for armed robbery and assault – have been posted online using illegally held mobile phones.
Knife robber Roberts shared the snaps on Instagram and Facebook, boasting of an easy life in high-security Saughton Prison, Edinburgh .
Roberts, 22, who gleefully mocks prison bosses in his posts, also uploaded a video of his killer pal John Reid punching another inmate.
One added on Monday showed him and fellow inmate Lee Ridgway with the comment: ‘Me and ma brother chilling.’
Roberts then went on to promise a pal he would call her later as it was ‘jail bait now.’ In another comment, he tells pals: ‘Easy days bro’ and ‘Fuk the sps (Scottish Prison Service) ma man.’
Brazen Roberts boasted to another pal: ‘Yeah my bro it’s so easy in here.’
One video posted online shows a prisoner standing in a cell waiting to be punched in the face on camera by another inmate, who is wearing a black hood over his head to hide his identity.
The hooded con is understood to be Reid – known as the one-punch killer.
Reid was just 16 when he killed Simon San, 40, with a single punch outside the San family’s takeaway restaurant in Lochend, Edinburgh, in 2010.
Simon fell to the ground during the attack, suffered fatal head injuries and died the following day.
Police later apologised for failing to treat the attack as racially motivated.
Just 11 days after the attack, Reid, now 23, bragged on Facebook from behind bars that he was ‘doin’ my time, then comin’ out to shine.’
He was locked up for five years for culpable homicide and released after just three. Roberts, also 16 at the time, was involved in the attack and given 42 months for assault.
But both are now back behind bars for a string of other offences.
A source close to Roberts said last night he uses mobile phones – which are banned in jail – to maintain links to organised crime on the outside.
The source said: ‘He runs things from his cell using his secret mobile phone.
‘He has even been known to organise gang fights on the outside. He and others on the outside have a Whatsapp group and he gives his orders through that.
‘You can clearly see the photos are taken inside the prison in the kitchens.’
The source added: ‘He started adding people on a Facebook profile under a different name but his Instagram page had his real name.
‘Everything was public and he was posting lots of pics of him and all the other boys inside. He has since changed it to private though.
‘He hasn’t exactly been very secretive about it. I’m sure a lot of people won’t be happy to see him showing off about his life inside.’
A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service confirmed last night that an investigation was under way.
He added: ‘Possession of a mobile phone in prison is a criminal offence and appropriate action will be taken against anyone who is found to have a mobile phone in their possession.
‘We do not comment on individual prisoners.’