Marmion pub killer James Bain caught with mobiles

James Bain was sentenced to 22 years in prison after the murder of Alex McKinnon in the Marmion Pub in 2006. 'Pic: Neil Hanna

James Bain was sentenced to 22 years in prison after the murder of Alex McKinnon in the Marmion Pub in 2006. 'Pic: Neil Hanna

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THE gunman who murdered a former Scottish boxing champ in the Marmion Pub shooting is reported to have had three-and-a-half years added to his life sentence – after being caught hiding mobile phones in his cell.

James Bain is serving 22 years for the killing of Alexander McKinnon in the Gracemount bar in 2006 but is said to have pushed back his release date after prison wardens snared the 29-year-old with mobile phones seven times.

It is thought no one in Scotland has been caught as many times as Bain.

Smuggling mobiles into jail became a crime in 2010.

In the latest incident, Bain was reportedly found with a smartphone at Shotts jail in Lanarkshire.

At Hamilton Sheriff Court last week, Bain – who killed his victim with a sawn off shotgun – reportedly admitted having a mobile phone at the prison on September 18 and had an extra eight months heaped on his sentence.

He is said to have been caught with a phone six times between October 2011 and September 2013 at three different jails.

In October, pictures emerged of Bain relaxing with family at his home in Gilmerton after they were posted on Instagram.

They appeared after Bain was given short-term “compassionate leave” from prison.

Around 91 Scots inmates have been found with illicit phones.