CHARITY WORK SAVES DRUG DEALER FROM PRISON TERM - Exclusive by Hugh Fort
December 01, 2005
A FORMER cocaine dealer and addict from Birch Hill who hid his stash inside an empty video box has been spared a jail
sentence because of his
commitment to rehabilitation and charity work.
Perry Cairns, 46, from Ladybank, appeared at Reading Crown Court last Thursday after pleading guilty to possession
of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply
at Slough Magistrates in September.
Tom Cleave, prosecuting, told the court police executed a search warrant on Cairns’ house on Wednesday, July 6.
He said: “The police exerted a search warrant on his house in Ladybank, Birch Hill.
“When they arrived Mr Cairns was in the kitchen and he became very upset immediately and started confessing.
“He was a heavy cocaine user and sold the drug to fund his habit.”
He told the court Cairns had hidden his stash inside a video case for the film “Memento”.
He said: “He [Cairns]
indicated a cupboard [in the kitchen] and found a box
containing 12 small bags
containing the drug and £65.
“The police also found four small bags of cocaine hidden in a mug.
“The 12 bags found in the box make the basis of the possession with intent to supply charge and the four found in the
mug make up the possession charge.”
He added police also found a notebook and scales in the house.
He said Cairns had become involved in a relationship with a woman, whose name he refused to give to police.
The woman had threatened Cairns with violence from her suppliers if he ended the
relationship and said he would have to pay her back for
the drugs she had supplied
He said Mr Cairns began to supply cocaine to pay off the debt to the woman.
Bev Roberts, defending, said: “At first glance it appears to be a man who sold drugs, had a habit and paid for the drugs with sexual favours.
“However, since his arrest he has instantly pleaded guilty,
has met someone and tried to end the relationship with his drug supplier.”
Ms Roberts said the woman had demanded payment for the drugs and threatened Cairns with violence if the debt was not repaid.
She said Cairns had found a new job and was looking to get married as soon as possible, depending on the outcome of the case.
She also mentioned Cairns was heavily involved in charity work and was in the process of organising a charity concert for the summer.
Judge Mary-Jane Mowot, said: “Just as night follows day,
people who deal drugs go to prison.
“But your record since your arrest is impressive and I think it would be inappropriate to impose a prison sentence.
“Your sentence is very
exceptional, but I think a
community sentence is deserved in your case.”
Mr Cairns was given a 90-hour community sentence as well as having the drugs confiscated and the paraphernalia destroyed.
He was also ordered to pay £100 costs.