Si­lence on am­mo­nia find

Jail for 25-year-old who hid harm­ful liq­uid in Ribena bot­tle

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A HAYES man has been jailed af­ter po­lice stopped him in his car, only to find he had a nox­ious sub­stance in a bot­tle of Ribena.

Cris­to­bal Abeso, 25, of Leam­ing­ton Place, Hayes, was sen­tenced to 15 months in prison at Isle­worth Crown Court on Tues­day, May 24 for con­ceal­ing harm­ful am­mo­nia in the soft drink bot­tle.

Abeso couldn’t give of­fi­cers a rea­son for car­ry­ing the sub­stance, but pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited weapon ca­pa­ble of dis­charg­ing a nox­ious sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a pointed/bladed ar­ti­cle and pos­ses­sion of Class B drugs, am­phet­a­mines.

The dis­cov­ery of the am­mo­nia was made by of­fi­cers who were car­ry­ing out a stop and search, when they stopped a car in Beau­vais Ter­race, Northolt, on Thurs­day, April 21, at around 8pm.

Abeso was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle and he and the car were searched, where a bot­tle found to con­tain the cor­ro­sive sub­stance was spot­ted on the seat next to him.

Am­mo­nia is a haz­ardous sub­stance of­ten used in clean­ing prod­ucts. Exposure to high con­cen­tra­tions causes burn­ing of the nose, mouth and eyes.

Fur­ther anal­y­sis of the con­tents con­firmed that it con­tained am­mo­nia and Abeso also had a lock knife in his pocket, as well as Class B drugs, in his pos­ses­sion.

He was charged af­ter the stop and search and sub­se­quently pleaded guilty at court.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Luke Wil­liams of Ac­ton CID, said: “Un­less there is a valid rea­son for pos­sess­ing sub­stances of this sort, crim­i­nals who think they can carry them with im­punity and with­out fear of ar­rest are strongly mis­taken.

“Abeso has been con­victed of a se­ri­ous of­fence as he was un­able to pro­vide of­fi­cers with a suit­able rea­son as to why he was car­ry­ing this liq­uid.

“The Met will ro­bustly deal with any­body found car­ry­ing any form of nox­ious sub­stance.”

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