Dealer loses ap­peal over jail sen­tence

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A DRUG dealer who was jailed again after breach­ing a court order de­signed to keep him out of trou­ble has lost an ap­peal against his sen­tence.

Dwayne Mor­tie, 38, of Tondu Road, Brid­gend, was handed the se­ri­ous crime pre­ven­tion order after ad­mit­ting hav­ing heroin with in­tent to sup­ply in 2016.

Mor­tie served a three­year stretch for the drugs of­fence, but was back in trou­ble soon after re­lease for breach­ing the terms of the order.

He was sup­posed to in­form the au­thor­i­ties about any car he drove or mo­bile phone he used, but did not do so.

In a series of in­ci­dents last year, he was stopped driv­ing cars which he had not told po­lice about and was seen us­ing a Nokia mo­bile phone he had not re­ported.

He de­nied the of­fences on the ba­sis that he did not think the order was in force be­cause he was ap­peal­ing against it.

How­ever, he even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to four counts of fail­ing to com­ply with the order and was jailed for a year at Cardiff Crown Court in Fe­bru­ary.

His case was back in court last Thurs­day as he launched a Court of Ap­peal chal­lenge to the length of time he will serve in prison.

His lawyers said it was wrong that the time he served on re­mand be­fore he was sen­tenced did not count to­wards the term.

But re­ject­ing the ap­peal, Mr Jus­tice Dinge­mans said the Crown court judge was en­ti­tled to say that the time served would not count to­wards his sen­tence.

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