Manchester Evening News

‘He’s a dead man, he’s getting shot’

- By AMY WALKER @amy_e_walker

A DRUG dealer has been jailed after sending threatenin­g messages to a woman about her boyfriend, including pictures of knives and an air pistol.

Reece Davies, 20, sent a series of threats to the woman and her friend, telling her that her boyfriend was ‘getting shot,’ that he was going to ‘leave holes in him’ and that he was going to ‘cut his ears off,’ Minshull Street Crown Court was told.

After the police attended his house in Whitefield – where his grandmothe­r also lived – he allowed them in and directed them to a large stash of cocaine and cannabis in his room.

Officers found over 1,000 wraps of skunk cannabis worth over £14,000 as well as eight bags containing highpurity cocaine hidden in a sock.

Pleading guilty to making threats to kill and possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs, Davies was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.

Prosecutin­g, Adam Lodge told the court that on June 17, 2019, police received a complaint that Davies had been sending threatenin­g and abusive messages to the two women.

“The messages were threatenin­g in nature and directed towards the boyfriend of the woman. The defendant wrote: ‘Tell your boyfriend he’s a dead man. Mother’s life. He’s getting shot.’

“To one text, a picture of two large knives and a firearm was attached.”

The court heard Davies sent messages of a similar tone to the woman’s friend: ‘Tell him I’m going leave holes in him’ and ‘tell him I’m going to cut both his ears of his head.’

“As a consequenc­e of being shown those messages, at about 1pm the same day, police attended the defendant’s home address,” Mr Lodge said.

“The door was opened by his grandmothe­r and the defendant was arrested. He was asked about the presence of weapons to which he indicated that the weapons were in his bedroom.

“There police recovered the two knives and an air pistol seen in the photo. Police also recovered a sock containing numerous bags of white powder and a yellow JD bag filled with cannabis in single deal bags and some cash.

“After being arrested, the defendant was asked if all the drugs were his, to which he replied: “Yes, it’s mine.”

Davies was said to be a man of previous good character and has no conviction­s on his record.

Sentencing him, Recorder Eric Lamb said: “The offences of possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis involve the evil disseminat­ion of drugs, which have a ruinous effect on society.”

Davies, of Derwent Walk, was jailed for two years and six months.

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