Po­lice found cannabis at bur­glary vic­tim’s home

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Winning Visit -

A fa­ther who sold small amounts of cannabis has been given a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der by a judge at Can­ter­bury Crown Court.

Ben Clifton, 32, of Al­fred Close, Ash­ford, had ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing the drug at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Iso­bel Asch­er­son, prose­cut­ing, said the of­fence came to light fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous bur­glary at Clifton’s house by armed men. The po­lice were called and phones were ex­am­ined and it be­came ap­par­ent that Clifton was sup­ply­ing cannabis in mainly £10 pack­ets.

Natasha Spread­bor­ough, de­fend­ing, said Clifton had never been in trou­ble with the po­lice be­fore. “This mo­ment has crys­tallised his future,” she told the court.

Miss Spread­bor­ough added that Clifton had moved away from the Folke­stone area to Ash­ford and had found full-time work whereas he had been strug­gling be­fore.

“It is an­tic­i­pated that he will progress through the com­pany,” Miss Spread­bor­ough said. She added that Clifton and his fam­ily had faced two mis­car­riages be­fore having their daugh­ter who had lived but was pre­ma­ture and suf­fers from sev­eral con­di­tions.

“He is no longer us­ing cannabis and this was the big­gest wakeup call you can imag­ine,” Miss Spread­bor­ough said.

Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl told Clifton: “I do not need to tell you how dan­ger­ous drugs are. But you are off drugs now I am pleased to say.”

In ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity or­der Clifton was told to carry out 100 hours of un­paid work and was given a 7.30pm-5.30am cur­few for two months.

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