‘Evangelical’ life change prompts judge to spare dealer jail
ADRUG dealer was allowed to walk free from court after convincing a judge he had turned his life around.
Thomas Brown was said to had an ‘evangelical’ change of heart when it came to drugs since being arrested during a series of early morning raids in Macclesfield, and across Cheshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and Manchester last September.
The 30-year-old admitted three charges of sell- ing heroin to an undercover police officer during a year-long covert operation to aimed to clampdown on the supply of drugs into the town.
Sentencing Brown on Monday, Judge Tina Landale said she was taking the ‘wholly exceptional’ step of not sending him to jail.
Instead she gave him a 12 month community order with supervision and drug rehabilitation.
Judge Landale said: “You should ordinarily be serving a prison sentence of 30 months for your role as a street dealer of class A drugs. But this is an excep- tional case. You have showed continued motivation to change your life. If you can remain drug free then society will benefit.
“If you are not using you are not committing crime. I am taking this wholly exceptional step.
“The public may think I have taken a lenient approach.
“It may blow up in my face bit if it does I want to hear about it, and you will go to prison.”
The court heard that Brown was part of a gang of drug dealers who were bringing in heroin and crack cocaine from Liver- pool and Manchester to sell in Manchester.
Simon Parry, prosecuting, said Brown operated a ‘graft’ phone where he would tell users when he had the latest batch of drugs to sell.
On November 7 Brown sold an undercover officer two heroin wraps for £20 near the Arighi Bianchi furniture store.
The same deal went down on July 18, by the tennis courts in at South Park and two more wraps were sold on July 19 at a place known locally as Quiggy Park.
Brown has 33 convictions for 117 offences, including dishonesty, the production of cannabis and ABH.
Myles Wilson, defending, said Brown was sucked into using and selling drugs after leaving prison in 2014.
He said: “He has done a drugs course in prison. He has become almost evangelical about drugs and wants to become a mentor for other users.
“He is a man determined not to go back to this way of life.”
●● Thomas Brown convinced the judge he had turned his life around