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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Drug dealing shame of Cumbrian dad who has 22 kids by 11 women

A man who has 22 children with 11 women and has not worked for 10 years was found with £1,000 in his pockets – after police arrested him for drug dealing.

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Mr Happy: Raymond Hull with the youngest of his 22 children, seven-month-old Barry

Raymond Hull admitted using cannabis to help with his own medical problems at Carlisle Crown Court, but claimed he only sold to friends to cover costs.

Judge Paul Batty QC yesterday dismissed Hull’s claims as a “cock and bull story” and sentenced him to 18 months in prison – suspending it “with reluctance” after hearing that Hull was needed to care for his youngest child and allow his partner to return to work.

Hull’s most recent offspring is just seven-months-old, while he claims his eldest is 39.

The 58-year-old, whose partner is Emma McNeil, 26, is also grandfather to 19 children and a great-grandfather of one.

He did not want to discuss the court case afterwards, but told the News & Star he did not regret any of his 22 children.

“I don’t see them all though,” Hull admitted, “and some of them don’t even know I’m their dad. I still see 12 of them though and my grandkids.”

Incredibly, only two of his children were the result of a multiple birth – twins – with the rest coming from a total of 11 women.

Hull, of Springkell, Aspatria, explained: “I’ve only been married once. I’ve got five kids with one woman; three with another; three with another; and three with another.

“I’ve got two kids with one woman and Barry Lesley Shaddrock Hull with Emma. The others were just one each with different women.”

He said that having so many children was “what you call debt”, despite his youngest sat entertaining himself with an iPad.

But Hull added: “I wouldn’t change anything. I love kids.”

He was arrested after police raided his home in May and discovered a £350 stash of cannabis.

When police examined his mobile phone they found one text message in which he told one of his customers there would be a delay in supplying the drugs he wanted. “Later on pal,” it said, “Emma’s having the baby.”

Hull had 31 previous convictions spread over 40 years, but none was for drug dealing.

The court heard how Hull, who has not worked for 10 years, originally claimed he used the cannabis to alleviate the pain from a breathing disorder and only sold to a few friends to cover the cost.

But Judge Paul Batty QC refused to accept that, saying such an explanation “occurred with monotonous regularity in these courts”.

And Hull abandoned his story, choosing not to give evidence in support of it.

In mitigation defence solicitor Anthony Wilson said Hull had “a number of medicinal conditions”.

Judge Batty imposed an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years.

He also put Hull under a curfew to keep him indoors at home from 6pm to 6am every night for the next six months, and made him pay £200, which will be taken out of his benefits.

He ordered that £1,000 found in Hull’s pocket be confiscated.

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