Drug dealer given last chance to change his ways

Drug dealer given last chance to change his ways

Drug dealer given last chance to change his ways

First published in News

A DRUG dealer has been given a suspended prison sentence and a last chance to mend his ways.

Thomas Sedgewick, of Wolverton Common, Tadley, pleaded guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court, on January 8, to possession of the controlled Class A drug MDMA with intent to supply.

He was arrested after a vehicle he was travelling in was stopped by police in Winchester Road, Basingstoke, at 12.30am on January 7.

The 21-year-old was in the vehicle with three friends after celebrating his birthday at the King of Wessex pub.

He was taken to Basingstoke police station and a strip search was conducted where officers found 10 wraps of MDMA.

At a sentencing hearing at Winchester Crown Court, the court heard that Sedgewick admitted possessing the drug in a police interview.

When his home was searched, officers recovered a digital scale and a cannabis grinder.

Sedgewick told officers he had been selling MDMA for eight months to acquaintances, and had made £1,000 to pay bills and fund his own drug habit.

Charles Durrant, defending said: “He has spent the money he has made, it would appear, on items that have sustained his living, instead of on luxury items.

“Mr Sedgewick is keen to move out of the area and has a very supportive family within the Hampshire area, and wants to move to his grandparent’s house in Somerset.”

Judge Ignatius Hughes told Sedgewick: “You are a man essentially of good character and are only 21, and I am going to give you a chance not to do it again.

“Make no mistake – in most of these cases you would be going to prison for four or five years and you would come out a different man. It is a chance most people don’t get.”

Sedgewick was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to take part in a six-month drug rehabilitation programme.

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11:43am Mon 24 Feb 14

JJ38JJ says...

I'm getting seriously cheesed off with these reports. Not only did this scum get off without a custodial sentence he didn't even get fined despite admitting that he'd been making a profit from his crime. He actually gets to keep his illegal earnings! He doesn't even get taxed on them!
We need some consistency here. Either we actually start punishing drug dealers or we start giving all criminals a second chance regardless of their crime.
Actually forget the cheese - I'm furious!
I'm getting seriously cheesed off with these reports. Not only did this scum get off without a custodial sentence he didn't even get fined despite admitting that he'd been making a profit from his crime. He actually gets to keep his illegal earnings! He doesn't even get taxed on them! We need some consistency here. Either we actually start punishing drug dealers or we start giving all criminals a second chance regardless of their crime. Actually forget the cheese - I'm furious! JJ38JJ
  • Score: 10

3:38pm Mon 24 Feb 14

laurence86 says...

Seriously I really don’t know how the police keep going; if I was them I would just drop tools and walk out. Yet another person let off! Eight months of selling drugs and you get a suspended sentence. Why are we paying for police investigations and a judicial system if they just let hardened criminals off with “final” warnings all the time!
Seriously I really don’t know how the police keep going; if I was them I would just drop tools and walk out. Yet another person let off! Eight months of selling drugs and you get a suspended sentence. Why are we paying for police investigations and a judicial system if they just let hardened criminals off with “final” warnings all the time! laurence86
  • Score: 5

7:56pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Just as well his mate didn't crash his car (see last week) as he would have got the electric chair. Seriously, what message does this send out to this type of scum, if you don't work, apart from being a dealer, you get nothing YET AGAIN.
Just as well his mate didn't crash his car (see last week) as he would have got the electric chair. Seriously, what message does this send out to this type of scum, if you don't work, apart from being a dealer, you get nothing YET AGAIN. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 3

7:47am Tue 25 Feb 14

stevenm353 says...

another let off.Might of given him 4/5 years but didn't oh life in Britain no wonder they want to come here.
another let off.Might of given him 4/5 years but didn't oh life in Britain no wonder they want to come here. stevenm353
  • Score: 1

8:47am Tue 25 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

I wonder if they get let off because they informed on their supplier, after all he is just a little man on the scale of things, as are the previous two.
I wonder if they get let off because they informed on their supplier, after all he is just a little man on the scale of things, as are the previous two. Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 4

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