Jailed dealer’s fes­tive mes­sage to judge

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.

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