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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Carlisle drugs supply woman addict since 13, court told

A 48-year-old woman who had been hooked on drugs since she was 13 has appeared before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court today.

Alison Dunne, of Tindale Drive, Harraby, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to supplying the class B drug amphetamine and possessing it with intent to supply it.

The charges followed an incident in which police saw her behaving suspiciously while sitting in a parked car in the city on January 28.

Prosecuting counsel Tim Evans said Dunne was "a classic street level dealer" who had been supplying drugs to her friends.

"We are talking about persistent street level dealing," he said.

Her lawyer Mark Shepherd said that Dunne, who had previous convictions for drug dealing which had landed her in prison in the past, had had a "35-year problem" with drugs.

Mr Shepherd said Dunne wanted to be sentenced immediately, but Judge Peter Hughes QC refused to do so, saying that because of her personal history her punishment could not be decided without the benefit of a full pre-sentence report.

He said it was unusual to see a woman of Dunne's age in court for such offences - especially one suffering from such a level of addiction.

"Prison may turn out to be the inevitable option - but it may also be the easy option, which is why it May be necessary to look at other options as well," he said.

Dunne was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Thursday March 13.

A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act may be held later to make her pay back any benefits she has gained from drug dealing.

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