Dealer loses appeal over jail sentence
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.