A man caught with 83 wraps of cannabis just days after appearing in court for possessing the same drug has been spared prison.
Even he wasn’t expecting that!
Peter Carter attended Bristol Crown Court with a suitcase fully expecting a spell behind bars.
Imagine his surprise…
Carter, of Hammersmith Road, St George, had been caught with 30 £10 deals of cannabis in his car.A search of his house revealed another 53 £10 bags of cannabis ready for sale.
Just 14 days earlier he had received a conditional discharge for possessing the drug by magistrates.
So, not even given the benefit of the ‘personal use’ doubt…
And it wasn’t the first timethe 29-year-old had been involved in drugs.Carter had previously spent 18 months in a young offender’s institution for dealing ecstasy in 2001.
His defence must have thought all her birthdays had come at once – a chance to dust off all the best excuses!
Jane Chamberlain, defending, said although Carter’s offending had clearly breached the custody threshold there were three reasons his case could be suspended.
“Firstly he pleaded guilty at the very first opportunity,” Miss Chamberlain said.
And…? Should he get a medal, or something?
“Secondly because the probation service considers him to be a low risk of harm and re-offending…
‘Low-risk’? Who’s kidding who, here?!?
…. and thirdly because he is a young man who was only supplying to his friends and associates he knew.”
Oh. OK, that’s no problem, then…
“He came off his bike and suffered some serious injuries and has been unable to work. He made a claim for benefits in May but they didn’t start until October.”However he realises that it does not follow that if you are struggling to get benefits you must start dealing drugs.”
Well, there’s a relief…
Recorder Simon Foster told him: “This was a commercial operation apparently activated by strained financial circumstances.“Many people find themselves in grave financial difficulties without having to turn to the sale of drugs.
“You have been jailed once for dealing ecstasy – it is a great shame you did not learn your lesson.
“These are dangerous toxic drugs and you can consider yourself as being treated very leniently.“
You left off the word ‘Again’, there….