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Wednesday, 01 April 2015

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Jail sentence cut for Cumbrian dad who smoked cannabis in public

A dad who was jailed after being caught smoking cannabis in public will soon be eligible for release after seeing his sentence slashed by appeal judges.

Deri George Hendren, of Workington, was subject to a suspended sentence for an earlier cannabis offence when he was spotted by police brazenly smoking a joint in the town last October.

He admitted possessing the drug and was jailed for a total of 30 weeks at Carlisle Crown Court when a judge decided to activate his suspended sentence.

The sentence has now been slashed to 20 weeks at the Court of Appeal, paving the way for imminent release on licence after serving half of his term in jail.

Mr Justice Holroyde told the court that Hendren, 27, of Fisher Street, already had a long list of convictions for dishonesty and drugs crime.

In April last year, he got a suspended sentence and was ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation after he was charged with possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He was less than six months into the period of the suspended sentence when he was spotted by police officers smoking the cannabis joint in the street.

He admitted having smoked the drugs.

His lawyers argued at the appeal hearing before Mr Justice Holroyde, Lord Justice Hughes and Mr Justice Hickinbottom.

Reducing the overall term, Mr Justice Holroyde said he considered the 30 weeks Hendren got for smoking the joint in public was too long.

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