Jail for ‘biggest, nastiest’ dealer in Grove and Wantage area

Carl Skelton

Carl Skelton

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A DRUG dealer described as one of the “biggest and nastiest” in the Grove and Wantage area has been jailed for more than six years.

Carl Skelton, of Tubbs Close, Grove, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday after police found cocaine worth as much as £10,000 hidden in his girlfriend’s house.

Following a police raid on May 29, the 25-year-old admitted possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply, as well as possessing a further 20g of cocaine found at his home.

Cathy Olliver, prosecuting, said Skelton’s 16-year-old girlfriend Tori Hutt helped him wrap the drugs, and police found the couple’s homemade marriage certificate – which listed his occupation as drug dealer.

Judge Mary Jane Mowat said she had received a community impact statement about Skelton from a police officer who regarded him as one of the “biggest and nastiest” dealers of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine in the area.

She added that she knew from sentencing him for dealing Class B drugs last year there was also a pattern of him using young people to help him sell drugs.

Lucy Tapper, defending, said her client had not enjoyed the sort of expensive or enjoyable lifestyle associated with drug dealers and was far from being at the top of the supply chain.

Skelton sobbed and shook in the dock as the barrister spoke about his childhood in care and problems growing up.

She told Judge Mowat: “He was trying get himself out of the situation he was in. That was why there was a large quantity of drugs found, because he was trying to stop dealing it.

“He was spending more and more time with family and friends and was trying to carve out for himself a normal life, having not had a very normal start for himself.”

Judge Mowat told Skelton she had gone “out on a limb” and given him a two-year suspended sentence last year after hearing from a woman who said she wanted to take him in.

She added that after reading many positive things about him: “It is a shame you have not put your abilities and skills to good use.”

Skelton was sentenced to six years and eight months. He will also have to pay a £120 victims’ surcharge.



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9:02am Sat 21 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

One down, hell of a lot more to go......
One down, hell of a lot more to go...... Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

10:03am Sat 21 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

"Tori"? Anagram of "riot". That's all I can think of. Anyone do better?
"Tori"? Anagram of "riot". That's all I can think of. Anyone do better? Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -9

9:32pm Sat 21 Jun 14

John Lamb says...

Tori Hutt?
David Cameron's shed?
Tori Hutt? David Cameron's shed? John Lamb
  • Score: 0

10:49pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Tweedypie says...

Feel sorry for him, he did try to turn it around just didn't do enough quick enough!
Oh n lord palmerstone get on count down you would have got 4 points for your riot joke which seems to be double that of your I.Q
Feel sorry for him, he did try to turn it around just didn't do enough quick enough! Oh n lord palmerstone get on count down you would have got 4 points for your riot joke which seems to be double that of your I.Q Tweedypie
  • Score: 1

1:54am Sun 22 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Tweedypie wrote:
Feel sorry for him, he did try to turn it around just didn't do enough quick enough!
Oh n lord palmerstone get on count down you would have got 4 points for your riot joke which seems to be double that of your I.Q
You're right of course. He just didn't turn his business around fast enough to make real cash; probably because he's as dull as you, Tori.
[quote][p][bold]Tweedypie[/bold] wrote: Feel sorry for him, he did try to turn it around just didn't do enough quick enough! Oh n lord palmerstone get on count down you would have got 4 points for your riot joke which seems to be double that of your I.Q[/p][/quote]You're right of course. He just didn't turn his business around fast enough to make real cash; probably because he's as dull as you, Tori. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Spottypenguin says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
"Tori"? Anagram of "riot". That's all I can think of. Anyone do better?
Yeah well done, round of applause for you. If you read the article properly you'd see the girl is only 16 years old. I bet she's been through enough without your pathetic jokes
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: "Tori"? Anagram of "riot". That's all I can think of. Anyone do better?[/p][/quote]Yeah well done, round of applause for you. If you read the article properly you'd see the girl is only 16 years old. I bet she's been through enough without your pathetic jokes Spottypenguin
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Tweedypie says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Tweedypie wrote:
Feel sorry for him, he did try to turn it around just didn't do enough quick enough!
Oh n lord palmerstone get on count down you would have got 4 points for your riot joke which seems to be double that of your I.Q
You're right of course. He just didn't turn his business around fast enough to make real cash; probably because he's as dull as you, Tori.
Yet again your showing your intelligence cos you've just assumed this is tori. It's all good for numpties like yourself who somehow think they have the right to judge other people without knowing them or their stories, and think they can poke fun at other people less fortunate. So it would be much appreciated if his lordship would take his "witty" 4 letter anagram back to his country manor and invest in a dictionary to gain a better vocabulary to improve his very DULL one. :-D
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tweedypie[/bold] wrote: Feel sorry for him, he did try to turn it around just didn't do enough quick enough! Oh n lord palmerstone get on count down you would have got 4 points for your riot joke which seems to be double that of your I.Q[/p][/quote]You're right of course. He just didn't turn his business around fast enough to make real cash; probably because he's as dull as you, Tori.[/p][/quote]Yet again your showing your intelligence cos you've just assumed this is tori. It's all good for numpties like yourself who somehow think they have the right to judge other people without knowing them or their stories, and think they can poke fun at other people less fortunate. So it would be much appreciated if his lordship would take his "witty" 4 letter anagram back to his country manor and invest in a dictionary to gain a better vocabulary to improve his very DULL one. :-D Tweedypie
  • Score: 3

11:23pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

Spottypenguin wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
"Tori"? Anagram of "riot". That's all I can think of. Anyone do better?
Yeah well done, round of applause for you. If you read the article properly you'd see the girl is only 16 years old. I bet she's been through enough without your pathetic jokes
"Helped him wrap the drugs" Yep, she's clearly been through enough. How old do you have to be, in your swamp, to know the difference between right and wrong?
"who somehow think they have the right to judge other people without knowing them or their stories, "Yes, how dare the Judge give him 6 years? Just for doing what came naturally to him..
[quote][p][bold]Spottypenguin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: "Tori"? Anagram of "riot". That's all I can think of. Anyone do better?[/p][/quote]Yeah well done, round of applause for you. If you read the article properly you'd see the girl is only 16 years old. I bet she's been through enough without your pathetic jokes[/p][/quote]"Helped him wrap the drugs" Yep, she's clearly been through enough. How old do you have to be, in your swamp, to know the difference between right and wrong? "who somehow think they have the right to judge other people without knowing them or their stories, "Yes, how dare the Judge give him 6 years? Just for doing what came naturally to him.. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 3

10:04am Mon 23 Jun 14

cornflake girl says...

On a second chance already and not yet turned his life around but trying yeah right ?? lets hope that prison gives him the time to think about his future and the road he wants to take when he gets out as he will no doubt only serve half the sentance anyway, I cant feel sorry for anyone that uses young vulnerable people to do his dirty dealing for him. I hope the 16 year old girlfreind is able to to live a nicer life away from a drug dealer and see how close her life almost came to a road of destruction like his.
On a second chance already and not yet turned his life around but trying yeah right ?? lets hope that prison gives him the time to think about his future and the road he wants to take when he gets out as he will no doubt only serve half the sentance anyway, I cant feel sorry for anyone that uses young vulnerable people to do his dirty dealing for him. I hope the 16 year old girlfreind is able to to live a nicer life away from a drug dealer and see how close her life almost came to a road of destruction like his. cornflake girl
  • Score: 1

11:19pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Hope her gets a decent haircut whilst he's inside too, I've seen better styles on road-kill foxes......
Hope her gets a decent haircut whilst he's inside too, I've seen better styles on road-kill foxes...... Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

11:19pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Her? Maybe even He ;-)
Her? Maybe even He ;-) Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Adrian1 says...

Last time I saw a hair style like that was 'Something about Mary', I wonder what sort of hair gel he uses?
Last time I saw a hair style like that was 'Something about Mary', I wonder what sort of hair gel he uses? Adrian1
  • Score: 3

11:02am Sat 28 Jun 14

Man on the Green says...

The judge very properly imposed a £120 victim surcharge on sentence to custody in the Crown Court as required by law. I hate to think how much it will cost the state to collect this amount - probably from his future benefits payments - starting from his release in something under 3 1/2 years (and bet that not a penny will actually go to help his victims, who include, to my eyes at least, his 16 year old girlfriend).
The judge very properly imposed a £120 victim surcharge on sentence to custody in the Crown Court as required by law. I hate to think how much it will cost the state to collect this amount - probably from his future benefits payments - starting from his release in something under 3 1/2 years (and bet that not a penny will actually go to help his victims, who include, to my eyes at least, his 16 year old girlfriend). Man on the Green
  • Score: -2

6:12am Wed 9 Jul 14

I_says_He_says_She says...

Lame excuse he gave. people like him who give tubbs close and ashdown way a bad name. always police round there. They should freeze any assets too.
Lame excuse he gave. people like him who give tubbs close and ashdown way a bad name. always police round there. They should freeze any assets too. I_says_He_says_She
  • Score: -2

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