A dad-of-four spent hundreds of pounds of his student loan on cocaine, a court heard.

Music student Zaine Williams, 29, claimed he’d paid £600 for the 14g stash of cocaine, discovered when it fell from his clothing during a search at Abingdon police station.

The Oxford man told police when he was interviewed that he’d used money from a £4,000 student loan he’d recently obtained to buy the class A drug to which he’d been addicted since the age of 16.

Oxford Crown Court heard he was stopped in the back of a cab in the car park of the Six Bells pub in Headington on September 30 last year.

Inside Williams’ bag on the back seat of the cab was a meat cleaver. He later told the probation officer tasked with writing a pre-sentence report that he’d had the butcher’s-style knife ‘following some gardening and handyman jobs’.

Sentencing him to 29 weeks behind bars, Recorder John Bate-Williams noted that the pre-sentence report was a ‘disappointing’ one as far as the defendant was concerned.

The probation officer had felt Williams was being ‘less than transparent’ about the knife, the judge said. “She felt you didn’t accept responsibility for the drugs offences and thought you were normalising that type of conduct.”

Zaine Williams meat cleaver, found when the taxi in which he was stopped was searched Picture: CPS

Zaine Williams' meat cleaver, found when the taxi in which he was stopped was searched Picture: CPS

Recorder Bate-Williams said possession of the knife – the second charge of its type on his ‘terrible’ rap sheet – was so serious that only an immediate prison sentence was appropriate.

“At a time of increasing knife crime and stabbings you need to understand that carrying a bladed article is a very serious offence that will lead to a prison sentence,” the judge told Williams.

Mitigating, defence barrister Emma Hornby asked the judge to impose a suspended prison sentence – meaning that her client would only be sent into custody if he committed another offence in the next two years.

Williams had had a troubled upbringing, she said. His mother had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction and he had been looked after by various relatives and also been placed into care during his childhood. He had started using cocaine at the age of 16 and although was trying to kick the habit he continued to smoke cannabis.

Zaine Williams drugs Picture: CPS

Zaine Williams' drugs Picture: CPS

Ms Hornby said her client had enrolled in a music course in September 2021. “He has a desire and a want to become part of that industry and address his creative outlet and pursue that as a career.”

He had four children and he wanted to be ‘the father he himself didn’t have’, the lawyer said.

Williams, of Wyatt Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of a class A drug and possession of a bladed article. He had 32 offences on his record including for possession of heroin and robbery.

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