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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Drugs gang told by Carlisle court to pay back almost £350,000

A criminal family and their associates have been ordered to pay back almost £350,000 of ill-gotten gains – including the contents of three children’s bank accounts.

A judge at Carlisle Crown Court made the order after hearing how Noel Young, William Henry Young junior, Geoffrey Cairns and Francis Anthony Morley had benefited from drug-trafficking and money laundering by more than £500,000.

The four men were jailed earlier this year after police broke up a highly-sophisticated drug supply gang, being led by Noel Young from his prison cell. He was already serving nine years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to defraud.

Young was found to have benefited to the tune of £28,100, a figure calculated solely on the mid-market value of the cocaine and amphetamines seized, as he had no other assets and is already the subject of “an existing and very large” Proceeds of Crime Application.

He was not present in court, but Judge Peter Hughes ordered him to pay back a nominal £1.

His younger brother, William Henry Young junior, formerly of Ghyll Bank Yard, Low Harker, but currently in jail, did appear in court.

Emma Downing, defending, argued that her client felt some items being seized were not criminal assets. These were: jewellery valued at £36,494 which he claims belonged to his mother and father William Henry Senior, who died last year; three Halifax accounts in the name of each of William Young’s children which had only had small irregular payments paid in; and a Range Rover valued at £20,000, which was registered in someone else’s name.

Miss Downing told the court that the amounts paid in were the equivalent of young children saving up pocket money, or Christmas and birthday money.

Ruling on these three areas, Judge Hughes said that he was satisfied that all three could be classed as criminal proceeds of crime.

He said that while the Range Rover had been registered in someone else’s name, it was stored at William Young junior’s home, and the keys had been hidden in the same place as the cash and various forged documents.

Commenting on the children’s Halifax bank accounts, which were each set up in William Henry Young’s name and the name of each child, Judge Hughes said: “The account books were kept with the other criminal property and I’m quite satisfied that this money that went into these accounts was the proceeds from the criminal activities of the members of the Young family.”

Overall, William Henry Young junior was found to have benefited to the tune of £409,442.83, including more than £160,000 in cash; land at Ghyll Bank Yard, Harker, with an estimated value of £16,000; and caravans worth an estimated £20,000.

The judge ruled that he had £290,442.83 which was realisable. He was given six months to repay the money in full, with the judge imposing a default three year prison term should he fail to pay up.

Morley, Noel Young’s brother-in-law, also appeared in court and was found to have benefited by £110,000, and the court was told he had £54,830.34 in realisable assets. He was given 28 days to pay, with an 18-month default jail term.

Cairns did not appear but was represented at the city court. It was agreed he had £4,500 certified benefits, with £450 of available assets.

He was also given 28 days to pay, with a 12-day jail term if this is not done.

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