Dealer caught just months after serv­ing sen­tence

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - LIZ DAY liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

A STREET dealer who was jailed for sell­ing co­caine when he was just 18 started sup­ply­ing drugs again only months after serv­ing a three-year sen­tence.

Josh O’Gor­man was sent to a young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion for sell­ing the Class A drug as a teenager and was caught deal­ing Val­ium six months after his li­cence pe­riod ex­pired.

David Pin­nell, de­fend­ing, said his client was “self-med­i­cat­ing”.

The court heard po­lice searched his home in Pen­coed at 7.15am on October 6 last year.

Heath Ed­wards, pros­e­cut­ing, said of­fi­cers found 1.4g of co­caine at 14% pu­rity di­vided be­tween two grip-seal bags, worth £40 each.

They re­cov­ered 43 Class C di­azepam, or Val­ium, tablets worth £1 each. Po­lice also seized £2,670 in cash, found in a freezer bag and a white en­ve­lope, along with a dealer’s list.

O’Gor­man was ar­rested and stated the co­caine was for per­sonal use, while the Val­ium tablets were to help him sleep.

Ques­tioned about the tick list, he ac­cepted it was for sup­ply­ing Val­ium, but re­fused to give de­tails.

The de­fen­dant told of­fi­cers the money came from cash-in-hand work, in­clud­ing gar­den­ing and labour­ing.

Prose­cu­tors did not ask for a hear­ing un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act.

The court heard O’Gor­man was sen­tenced in April 2013 to three years in a young of­fender in­sti­tu­tion for sup­ply­ing co­caine when he was 18.

He com­mit­ted the new of­fences shortly after his li­cence pe­riod ex­pired.

The 23-year-old from Cae Tal­cen in Pen­coed ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing co­caine, money laun­der­ing and pos­sess­ing Val­ium with in­tent to sup­ply.

Mr Pin­nell, mit­i­gat­ing, asked for credit for his client’s guilty pleas.

He said: “The de­fen­dant was at a par­tic­u­lar low point in his life.”

The de­fence bar­ris­ter said his client had men­tal health prob­lems and tried “self-med­i­cat- ing” with di­azepam.

He ex­plained the de­fen­dant be­came in­volved with drug sup­ply to fund his own drug use.

Mr Pin­nell said he now runs his own busi­ness and wants to live a law-abid­ing, fam­ily life­style.

Judge Thomas Hughes QC noted the new of­fences were com­mit­ted just six months after the de­fen­dant’s pre­vi­ous li­cence pe­riod ex­pired.

O’Gor­man was given an eight-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months.

He was or­dered to carry out 20 days of a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity, plus 240 hours of un­paid work. He must also pay a £140 vic­tim sur­charge and £750 in costs.

Guide Dogs Wales vol­un­teers Norah and Mike Clarke took the char­ity’s lat­est re­cruit An­gela along to Caerau Men’s Shed to ac­cept a cheque for £150

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