False leg hid a stash of drugs and cash

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY NEIL DOCK­ING neil.dock­ing@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

AMAN who bit a po­lice of­fi­cer in South­port was later found to have Class A drugs hid­den in­side his false leg.

Christo­pher Low­cock bit into the arm of De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Ian Parker af­ter bran­dish­ing a kitchen knife.

The 35-year-old was ar­rested, searched at Copy Lane Po­lice Sta­tion in Nether­ton and moved to HMP Alt­course the next day.

But when guards at the Faza­k­er­ley prison checked his pros­thetic limb, they dis­cov­ered heroin and co­caine worth £1,700 on the streets and £1,000 in cash.

Low­cock has pre­vi­ously fooled G4S staff into fit­ting an elec­tronic tag on the false leg – be­fore re­mov­ing it so he could break a home cur­few.

The drug ad­dict made na­tional head­lines when two se­cu­rity work­ers duped by his heav­ily ban­daged fake limb were sacked in Au­gust 2011.

On Tues­day, Liver­pool Crown Court heard that Low­cock, of Au­gust Road, Tue­brook, was in a car on Wa­ter Lane, South­port on May 9 last year.

Frank Dil­lon, prose­cut­ing, said he vi­o­lently opened the door of the sil­ver Re­nault Clio, strik­ing a pass­ing van, at around 9.30am.

The driver Christo­pher O’Gor­man went to speak to Low­cock, but his 16-year-old son spot­ted he had a knife, so they rang po­lice.

DC Parker found Low­cock ly­ing un­der the Clio – with his head to­wards the road – who pro­duced the “large carv­ing knife”.

The court heard he even­tu­ally agreed to put the weapon down, but the of­fi­cer then spot­ted a ham­mer nearby.

DC Parker ran at Low­cock and shoul­der-charged him, but as they strug­gled on the ground, an un­known man hit Low­cock with a spade.

The of­fi­cer tried to stop the man at­tack­ing Low­cock, be­fore he sud­denly felt his left fore­arm be­ing bit­ten.

Mr Dil­lon said: “DC Parker punched Low­cock in the face as hard as he could un­til he let go.” His arm was bleed­ing and he was taken to hos­pi­tal, where the wound was treated and he was given a hep­ati­tis booster.

Prison guards later found 30 wraps of heroin, three wraps of crack co­caine and un­bagged co­caine in­side Low­cock’s false leg.

He ad­mit­ted as­sault caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, pos­ses­sion of a blade and three counts of pos­ses­sion of Class A drugs with in­tent to sup­ply. Oliver Jarvis, de­fend­ing, said his client strug­gled with drug ad­dic­tion and his dis­abil­ity, which would make his time in prison dif­fi­cult.

Jail­ing him for five years, Judge Clem- ent Gold­stone, QC, said: “False legs are to walk on. You chose to use your false leg not sim­ply to walk on but as a means of con­ceal­ing Class A drugs.

“I take ac­count of the fact a prison sen­tence for some­one of your dis­abil­ity won’t be easy.

“I hope on your re­lease you can over­come your drug habit and put your life to some use.

“If you do not, the sen­tences, what­ever your dis­abil­ity, will get longer and longer.”

The court heard that Low­cock lost his left leg in a mo­tor­bike crash in 2004.

His mother and fa­ther died in a mo­tor­bike crash in Gis­burn, Lan­cashire in 2010.

He was handed a home cur­few for driv­ing and drug of­fences and pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon in 2011, but fooled G4S work­ers on two vis­its to his Rochdale home.

When bosses fi­nally be­came sus­pi­cious, Low­cock had al­ready been ar­rested and was back in cus­tody for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied, for which he was jailed for eight months.

HM Prison Alt­course was where guards found drugs and cash in Christo­pher Low­cock’s pros­thetic limb

Christo­pher Low­cock

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