Killer Caroline Igoe in prison drugs investigation

Caroline Igoe is serving at least 20 years behind bars for shooting dead her boyfriend, Martyn Barclay, in 2009. Picture: contributed
Caroline Igoe is serving at least 20 years behind bars for shooting dead her boyfriend, Martyn Barclay, in 2009. Picture: contributed
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KILLER model Caroline Igoe has been investigated after jail drug smuggling allegations, the Evening News can reveal.

Prison bosses launched a probe after messages appeared on Facebook suggesting the murderer had been receiving smuggled substances.

Igoe – serving at least 20 years behind bars for shooting dead her boyfriend, Martyn Barclay, in 2009 – is being held at Saughton.

Prison chiefs there were passed a copy of the social media exchanges – which the Evening News has seen – showing an alleged conversation between two of Igoe’s associates.

The messages refer to smuggling in “suby’s” – slang for suboxone, which is used to alleviate the symptoms of heroin withdrawal.

Another message states that a mobile phone will be sneaked inside the jail for Igoe.

Prison officers investigated but found no evidence Igoe had taken receipt of a batch of drugs or a phone.

In the Facebook exchange, one woman claims she is going to jail for a “little remand” and allegedly offers to take in drugs for Igoe. The message seems to state she is “taking a phone in” for Igoe and would sneak in drugs if any can be sourced.

Another message said: “I’m no wanting to go in wae oot drugs for em.”

The woman acknowledged it was “short notice” but said that “anything at all you can put together for her” she would smuggle in.

She added: “Every little helps in there.”

But after being alerted to the social media messages, prison bosses failed to find any drugs or mobile phones linked to Igoe.

The Scottish Prison Service said: “We take any suggestion that a prisoner is in possession of contraband extremely seriously, and will fully investigate such allegations, together with our partners in Police Scotland.”

Mr Barclay was discovered dying in the street outside the home he shared with Igoe and her family in the Inch’s Hazelwood Grove in January 2009.

Sentencing Igoe, Lord Bracadale told her: “Martyn Barclay was your boyfriend and very unwisely he kept a handgun. That does not mean he deserved to be shot by it. You shot him in a public street in the morning. Just why you did that is not clear, but you have left his family bereft.”

Her brother, Paul Igoe, who was cleared of murder but convicted of attempting to cover up the crime by taking away and disposing of the gun, was jailed for six years.

Igoe, who had previous convictions for malicious damage and dishonesty, screamed at her brother as they were taken to the cells after their sentencing in April 2010, telling him he should have taken the blame for the murder.

The court heard Igoe and her late boyfriend rowed over money hours before she shot him. It emerged that she looked up modelling photographs of herself on a website just minutes after pulling the trigger.

In December it was revealed Igoe supporters were quoting Nazis in their bid to free her.

On a Facebook page titled The Case of Caroline Igoe, campaigners paraphrased Adolf Hitler’s minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. The paragraph reads: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”