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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle judge brands drug dealer’s tale ‘rubbish’

Carlisle’s top judge refused to sentence a drug dealer after he described part of his story as “arrant rubbish”.

Judge Paul Batty QC was due to pass sentence on Derek Bain, 36, who was found to have nearly £2,000-worth of drugs in his car after he was stopped last June for bad driving.

Bain was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon after police also found a ring studded with several bits of metal.

But at an earlier hearing that charge was dropped when the prosecution accepted his claim that it was a piece of his girlfriend’s jewellery.

On hearing that – and seeing a photograph of the ‘ring’ – Judge Batty refused to accept such a claim, even though it had been accepted by fellow judge Barbara Forrester at the first hearing.

Judge Batty sent Bain to be sentenced by Judge Forrester.

Her court heard that Bain, of Keppoch Hill Road, Glasgow, had been stopped at Low Row, near Brampton, and was found with 3,368 diazepam tablets.

Bain was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid community work.

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