Kidnap vic­tim turned to cannabis after or­deal

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

A FOR­MER kidnap vic­tim caught with cannabis in his car ad­mit­ted that he dealt the drug to his friends.

Rohman Ahmed, pic­tured, was plan­ning to dish small bags of the class B drug out to palls at a party – but po­lice pulled him over first.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of a drug with in­tent to sup­ply it when he ap­peared at Kirklees Mag­is­trates’ Court.

The court was told that he be­came ad­dicted to the drug after a se­ri­ous kid­nap­ping where he was tied to a chair and badly beaten for hours.

Pros­e­cu­tor Jill Sed­don ex­plained that po­lice on duty in the Bat­ley area stopped his ve­hi­cle on Oc­to­ber 20 last year.

They found cannabis di­vided into eight smaller bags in­side the rear footwell.

Mrs Sed­don told the court: “He said that he was on his way to a party and would have shared the cannabis with his friends.

“His mo­bile phone was down­loaded and this showed a num­ber of text mes­sages from peo­ple ask­ing if he had drugs avail­able.”

His so­lic­i­tor So­nia Kidd ex­plained that the cannabis was for his own use and he would also share it with friends.

She added that Ahmed, cur­rently study­ing for a de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment, would also sup­ply the drug to friends of his friends.

His deal­ing was lim­ited to this so­cial cir­cle and there was no ev­i­dence of wider street deal­ing, she added.

The court was told that Ahmed, of Fair­field Road in Heck­mond­wike, was kid­napped in 2015 and his cannabis use in­creased due to his anx­i­ety at­tacks over this.

District Judge Michael Fan­ning said he was sat­is­fied that Ahmed had only sup­plied the drug to his friends.

He said: “I ac­cept that while do­ing that you’ve started to sup­ply to a wider group but in a very con­trolled way and not as a street dealer.”

Judge Fan­ning sen­tenced Ahmed to a com­mu­nity or­der with 300 hours of un­paid work as pun­ish­ment.

He told him: “I un­der­stand that you’re a vic­tim of a se­ri­ous crime and you’ve be­come ad­dicted to drugs. That’s why you need to un­der­stand that you can­not make vic­tims of other peo­ple and there are vic­tims of drugs.”

Ahmed will have to pay £85 court costs and £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

The cannabis will for­feited and de­stroyed.

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