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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Cocaine crook jailed after Cumbrian night out offer

A crook who tried to pay a man to have a night out with him – saying they could share cocaine he had – has been jailed.

Joseph Jenkinson, 37, of the John Street Hostel in Carlisle, appeared at the city’s crown court.

On May 31 he was in a pub at about 1.30pm and got chatting to another man, Robert Longden, who was also drinking there.

Jenkinson was asked what he was doing in the town and boasted that he had travelled there from Liverpool by taxi, which he paid for in cash.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, told the court that Jenkinson then began telling Mr Longden about how much money he had - £338 - and took out a wad of bank notes and then asked what Mr Longden did for a living, finding out he was a night worker.

“He then asked what Mr Longden was doing that evening and what wages he was on,” added Mr Evans.

The other man replied that he was working that evening and gave a made up wage to Jenkinson.

Jenkinson then said: “If you take the night off I’ll pay you that and I’ll take you out. We can have a few lines.”

Mr Longden was becoming concerned by Jenkinson’s behaviour and spoke to a barmaid in the pub – the George and Dragon in Kendal – who was also worried, and they contacted the police, with a community support officer arriving soon afterwards.

Jenkinson was taken to the station and searched, with officers finding two wraps of cocaine.

Jenkinson appeared in court having previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply. He has 40 previous convictions and carried out the crime while on licence for a seven-year robbery sentence imposed in 2009.

Alison Whalley, defending, said Jenkinson had been in “care homes and custody since he was seven or eight”.

Judge Paul Batty QC said: “You are 37 and for one so relatively young you have an extremely long criminal record.”

He pointed out that Jenkinson had been released on licence just six weeks before the offence.

He sentenced Jenkinson to 32 months in prison and pointed out that it would be likely he would also have to serve the rest of the robbery sentence.

Judge Batty praised Mr Longden and said he would award him a High Sheriff award of £100.

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