Judge gives drug pusher a second chance

Basingstoke Gazette: Judge gives drug pusher a second chance Judge gives drug pusher a second chance

A DRUG pusher who crashed his moped while high on drugs has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Officers became suspicious when Christopher Warren, 25, was “unsteady on his feet” after he crashed on the northbound A339 near Ramsdell on August 4 last year.

Tom Wright, prosecuting, said: “Officers suspected him of drug use and decided to search him. They found ketamine and cocaine on his person, and a little bag of cannabis.

“That led to a search of his property where more substantial quantities of drugs were found in his bedroom.”

Warren, of Cambrian Way, Buckskin, Basingstoke, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and one count of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

Officers also found £110 in cash when they searched Warren’s home, Mr Wright said. No evidence was offered by the prosecution for the possession of ketamine at Warren’s sentencing hearing at Winchester Crown Court.

Warren dealt drugs to friends and also took them, which was having an effect on his mental health, the court heard.

Judge Andrew Barnett said that people would expect dealers like Warren to be sent to prison, but he told the defendant he would give him a chance.

He said: “People who deal, particularly in Class A drugs, go to prison because these drugs can have life-changing, life-threatening or sometimes life-destroying consequences, as you well know. But I’m going to give you a chance to see if you can get off these drugs.”

He sentenced Warren to two years in jail, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and drugs rehabilitation requirements.

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1:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

deepinsight says...

A delivery service too ???!!!

Way-hey !! He can keep up the delivery service now, Way to go !!!
A delivery service too ???!!! Way-hey !! He can keep up the delivery service now, Way to go !!! deepinsight

1:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Buster Preciation says...

A few years ago I was caught speeding and had to pay £60. I wasn't given a second chance. Now I realise my mistake - I should have been high on drugs and I should have actually crashed my car. Silly me.
A few years ago I was caught speeding and had to pay £60. I wasn't given a second chance. Now I realise my mistake - I should have been high on drugs and I should have actually crashed my car. Silly me. Buster Preciation

1:45pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Sam_Walker123456 says...

My initial reaction to this story was probably very similar to those of deepinsight and Buster. However I have just had a look at the statistics for re-offending rates. Unfortunately they don't completely back my initial gut reaction that he should have been put in jail. They show that for short sentences of up to 2 years the re-offending rates are higher for those put in jail than for those given conditional suspended sentences. However, those given jail sentences of 2 to 4 years have even lower re-offending rates. So perhaps the sentence should have been over 2 years and not suspended, which was my initial reaction.
My initial reaction to this story was probably very similar to those of deepinsight and Buster. However I have just had a look at the statistics for re-offending rates. Unfortunately they don't completely back my initial gut reaction that he should have been put in jail. They show that for short sentences of up to 2 years the re-offending rates are higher for those put in jail than for those given conditional suspended sentences. However, those given jail sentences of 2 to 4 years have even lower re-offending rates. So perhaps the sentence should have been over 2 years and not suspended, which was my initial reaction. Sam_Walker123456

5:57pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Folkestone Saint says...

He breaks the law three times in one go and gets away with it, I forgot to pay a parking and got arrested at work, taken to a police cell, and would have been held ALL weekend and taken to Dover from Dartford if I did not pay, all they had to do was say can you pay this fine (of about £30), I say forgot, infact I had moved and didn't leave a forwarding address so never recieved the fine
He breaks the law three times in one go and gets away with it, I forgot to pay a parking and got arrested at work, taken to a police cell, and would have been held ALL weekend and taken to Dover from Dartford if I did not pay, all they had to do was say can you pay this fine (of about £30), I say forgot, infact I had moved and didn't leave a forwarding address so never recieved the fine Folkestone Saint

8:18am Fri 17 Jan 14

jonone says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
He breaks the law three times in one go and gets away with it, I forgot to pay a parking and got arrested at work, taken to a police cell, and would have been held ALL weekend and taken to Dover from Dartford if I did not pay, all they had to do was say can you pay this fine (of about £30), I say forgot, infact I had moved and didn't leave a forwarding address so never recieved the fine
Aaah, but you don't understand - he is a poor, vunerable person, let down by the system and deserving of help. You forgot something that was your responsibility and deserve everything you got.

(Yes, I am being sarcastic!)
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: He breaks the law three times in one go and gets away with it, I forgot to pay a parking and got arrested at work, taken to a police cell, and would have been held ALL weekend and taken to Dover from Dartford if I did not pay, all they had to do was say can you pay this fine (of about £30), I say forgot, infact I had moved and didn't leave a forwarding address so never recieved the fine[/p][/quote]Aaah, but you don't understand - he is a poor, vunerable person, let down by the system and deserving of help. You forgot something that was your responsibility and deserve everything you got. (Yes, I am being sarcastic!) jonone

8:50am Fri 17 Jan 14

Folkestone Saint says...

jonone wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
He breaks the law three times in one go and gets away with it, I forgot to pay a parking and got arrested at work, taken to a police cell, and would have been held ALL weekend and taken to Dover from Dartford if I did not pay, all they had to do was say can you pay this fine (of about £30), I say forgot, infact I had moved and didn't leave a forwarding address so never recieved the fine
Aaah, but you don't understand - he is a poor, vunerable person, let down by the system and deserving of help. You forgot something that was your responsibility and deserve everything you got.

(Yes, I am being sarcastic!)
And I have a job with the means to pay, but that was thirty years ago and my life of crime is now over, I just can't run as fast any more.
[quote][p][bold]jonone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: He breaks the law three times in one go and gets away with it, I forgot to pay a parking and got arrested at work, taken to a police cell, and would have been held ALL weekend and taken to Dover from Dartford if I did not pay, all they had to do was say can you pay this fine (of about £30), I say forgot, infact I had moved and didn't leave a forwarding address so never recieved the fine[/p][/quote]Aaah, but you don't understand - he is a poor, vunerable person, let down by the system and deserving of help. You forgot something that was your responsibility and deserve everything you got. (Yes, I am being sarcastic!)[/p][/quote]And I have a job with the means to pay, but that was thirty years ago and my life of crime is now over, I just can't run as fast any more. Folkestone Saint

9:29am Mon 20 Jan 14

lovemychildren says...

Given a second chance?!?!
It says 'previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and one count of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.' So that's a fourth chance then!?
Hmm, I have a feeling he may reoffend.
Given a second chance?!?! It says 'previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and one count of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.' So that's a fourth chance then!? Hmm, I have a feeling he may reoffend. lovemychildren

3:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

laurence86 says...

By the sounds of it the judge was high!

I bet that the jury are all glad that they had to sit through the trial, make a decision that the chap was guilty, to be told that the judge is going to let him off. What a waste of people’s time, tax payer’s money and police time. It’s crazy he is guilty of both diving a motor vehicle whilst being unfit through drink or drugs, and possession of a class ‘A’ substance with intent to supply. What is the point in having a law system that doesn’t issue any sentences?
By the sounds of it the judge was high! I bet that the jury are all glad that they had to sit through the trial, make a decision that the chap was guilty, to be told that the judge is going to let him off. What a waste of people’s time, tax payer’s money and police time. It’s crazy he is guilty of both diving a motor vehicle whilst being unfit through drink or drugs, and possession of a class ‘A’ substance with intent to supply. What is the point in having a law system that doesn’t issue any sentences? laurence86

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