Man who held drugs for someone else is spared immediate jail term

Judge Ian Pringle

Judge Ian Pringle

First published in News

A 45-YEAR-OLD who admitted acting as a “custodian” for Class A drugs has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Christopher Hutchins, of Wigod Way, Wallingford, pleaded guilty to possessing 2.4g of cocaine and 15 tablets of psychedelic drug 2CB with intent to supply.

The defendant also admitted possessing 51.4g of cannabis resin and 37.88g of cannabis for personal use on the same date.

Jonathan Stone, prosecuting, said the drugs had a total value of about £645, according to Thames Valley Police’s drugs expert.

He told Judge Ian Pringle that when officers arrived to search Hutchins’ home he was very helpful and showed them where the drugs were.

Mr Stone said the prosecution has accepted the defendant’s guilty pleas on the basis that he was only holding the Class A drugs for someone else.

The barrister added that since December 2001 – when his son was born – Hutchins has no previous convictions.

Ronan McCann, defending, said his client had struggled with an addiction to Class A drugs for years but was now only a habitual cannabis user.

He added that a motorcycle accident and arthritis also caused him a lot of pain and he used cannabis to self-medicate.

Mr McCann said: “He has attempted to manage his pain, in quite difficult circumstances, by using cannabis.”

Judge Pringle said whatever Hutchins’ view on whether or not the Class B drug should be legalised “the plain fact is that it is illegal in this country”.

But he said that it was to the defendant’s credit that he had given up Class A drugs and was bringing up his son himself. Judge Pringle sentenced him to one year in prison, suspended for 18 months, with a supervision requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.

He will also have to pay a £100 victims’ surcharge.

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3:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

cornflake girl says...

The worlds gone soft. If it was just cannibis for his own use then fair enough. but come on...with intent to supply, we need this OFF the streets,
The worlds gone soft. If it was just cannibis for his own use then fair enough. but come on...with intent to supply, we need this OFF the streets, cornflake girl
  • Score: 3

4:40pm Mon 11 Aug 14

piper2011 says...

cornflake girl wrote:
The worlds gone soft. If it was just cannibis for his own use then fair enough. but come on...with intent to supply, we need this OFF the streets,
no its not fair enough, cannabis is illegal full stop, you cant pick and choose or every junkie will claim its 'for the pain' murder is murder theft is theft possession is possession.
[quote][p][bold]cornflake girl[/bold] wrote: The worlds gone soft. If it was just cannibis for his own use then fair enough. but come on...with intent to supply, we need this OFF the streets,[/p][/quote]no its not fair enough, cannabis is illegal full stop, you cant pick and choose or every junkie will claim its 'for the pain' murder is murder theft is theft possession is possession. piper2011
  • Score: 4

5:05pm Mon 11 Aug 14

OX3 says...

This is one soft judge has let a few people of the hook recently don't let them off throw the book at them they don't deserve be let off that easy.
This is one soft judge has let a few people of the hook recently don't let them off throw the book at them they don't deserve be let off that easy. OX3
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

45 years old, and he was storing the drugs for somebody else.......of course I believe him, so does my unicorn, Lord Lucan isn't too sure!
At that age he should have enough common sense not to store them for somebody else, which I doubt he was, and if he hasn't then he shouldn't be bringing up a child.
I know loads of single parents, and as far as I'm aware, none of them are storing drugs for other people, I also know somebody who smashed their leg up in a motorcycle accident 18 years ago, he's in constant pain, is in his 60's, and doesn't use cannabis.
What sort of example is he setting for a 13 year old boy?
45 years old, and he was storing the drugs for somebody else.......of course I believe him, so does my unicorn, Lord Lucan isn't too sure! At that age he should have enough common sense not to store them for somebody else, which I doubt he was, and if he hasn't then he shouldn't be bringing up a child. I know loads of single parents, and as far as I'm aware, none of them are storing drugs for other people, I also know somebody who smashed their leg up in a motorcycle accident 18 years ago, he's in constant pain, is in his 60's, and doesn't use cannabis. What sort of example is he setting for a 13 year old boy? Dilligaf2010
  • Score: -1

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