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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Drugs men betrayed their 'fine families', says Carlisle judge

Four men arrested when police swooped on a barbecue in Penrith have been slammed by a judge for bringing disgrace to their “fine families”.

The friends had got together in the garden of a house in Pennine Way, Maidenhill, on the evening of March 28 but ended up in the cells after police found cocaine, cannabis and methcaninone, a stimulant known as MCAT, there.

They later admitted they would have sold the drugs to their friends to help pay for the illegal substances they liked to use.

At Carlisle Crown Court today, the four, Dean Glendinning, 20, his half-cousin Shaun Kenneth Glendinning, 19 and friends Scott Holder, 25 and Steven Martin Shannon, 25, pleaded guilty to a variety of drugs offences, but all were spared prison sentences after the judge told them he did not want to “blight their young lives” by sending them to jail.

Prosecuting counsel Tim Evans told the court Holder and Shaun Glendinning were at Shannon’s home when the police arrived on March 28. Dean Glendinning turned up while the raid was going on, he said.

Some of the cocaine was found in the living room, while more was found outside by the barbecue. The police also found several bags of cannabis and a set of scales and other paraphernalia that pointed towards drug dealing, the court heard.

But it was only after analysing text messages on the men’s mobile phones that the police had the evidence which painted a full picture of what the men were doing, Mr Evans said.

Dean Glendinning, of Raiselands Croft, Penrith, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 300 hours unpaid community work. He was also put under a curfew to keep him indoors at home from 8pm to 7am for the next six months except when he is doing the night shift at the chicken farm where he works.

Shaun Glendinning, of the Old Paddock, Newbiggin, Stainton, near Penrith, got a 26-month suspended sentence, with 150 hours unpaid work and a three-month curfew.

They both pleaded guilty to two charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine – one on March 28 and one between July 1 2012 and March 28 2013 – and also admitted supplying methcaninone, a stimulant known as MCAT.

Scott Holder, of Wandsworth Gardens, Shap, was ordered to do 120 hours work after pleading guilty to supplying and possessing cannabis with intent to supply it and possessing cocaine.

He admitted supplying cannabis between January 1 2013 and March 28 2013 , and possessing it with intent to supply it and possessing cocaine, both on March 28.

Steven Shannon, 25, was given a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours work. He pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine from July 1 2012 to March 28 2013 and possessing cocaine with intent to supply it on March 28.

All four men were ordered to pay £400 towards the costs of the prosecution.

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Batty QC, said the men should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

“You have had fine starts in life and you come from fine families and you have betrayed them by this serious offending," he added.

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