Jailed dealer’s festive message to judge
A DRUG dealer jailed on Christmas Eve wished the judge a ‘Merry Christmas’ before being taken away to serve his sentence.
Jordan Hankin, 21, broke into the home of an 85-year-old woman with dementia during a period when he found himself sleeping rough in Tameside.
He was also caught dealing cannabis and crack cocaine on the streets of Hattersley during that time.
But a barrister defending Hankin at Minshull Street Crown Court told a judge his offending stemmed from difficulties which began when he was kicked out of home at 18.
As he was jailed for 38 months, Hankin thanked the judge, pumped his fist and wished him a ‘Merry Christmas’ during a videolink hearing from inside prison.
Prosecutor Brian Berlyne told the court how Hankin’s blood was discovered on the frame of a smashed window at his victim’s home back in July this year.
The dementia sufferer, who lives in Stalybridge, was asleep when Hankin broke into her home in the early hours of July 28 this year.
Her son received a phone call from a neighbour who feared the 85-year-old had been burgled.
Hankin, of Backbower Lane, in Hyde, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and crack cocaine with intent to supply, burglary with intent to steal, and also obstructing a police officer.