Pair were ‘pres­sured’ into get­ting in­volved

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

YOUNG and the teenager were both pres­sured and threat­ened to be ‘drug run­ners’ in a larger op­er­a­tion, their de­fence bar­ris­ters said.

Peter Killen, de­fend­ing Young, said she had been ap­proached and ‘be­came in­volved un­wit­tingly at first but then re­alised what was go­ing on’.

He told the court that she was then pres­sured by a friend’s part­ner to carry on and ‘ac­cepts that by fail­ing to re­sist she made a very poor piece of judge­ment’.

Mr Killen said Young had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and it ‘makes her in­volve­ment all the more mys­ti­fy­ing’.

Des­mond Len­non, de­fend­ing the teenager, said he had been ‘crim­i­nally ex­ploited’ after fall­ing into debt.

He told the court that he had dam­aged a bike ‘be­long­ing to a third­party’ and was ‘sub­jected to vi­o­lence and threats of vi­o­lence’.

Mr Len­non said: “He was taken ad­van­tage of by far more so­phis­ti­cated crim­i­nals, the sort of char­ac­ters who lurk in the back­ground and use young­sters to do their dirty work.

“He was act­ing un­der di­rec­tion of more sin­is­ter peo­ple. He has been crim­i­nally ex­ploited in this case.”

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