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Marlborough drug dealer spared jail

Swindon Crown CourtSwindon Crown CourtA drug dealer who was caught with cannabis in Marlborough twice over a three day period has been spared jail.

Harry Wordley was first found in possession of a small amount of the drug when officers stopped him in a car on Friday, January 2 last year.

Then 48 hours later the 23-year-old was pulled over in The Parade and found with more drugs along with a mobile phone, which showed he had been dealing.

And when he then failed to turn up at the police station for questioning officers went looking for him at a friend's house.

Although he wasn't at Benedict Hibberd's home they found the 31-year-old pal also had some cannabis in his bedroom.

Now, after hearing the offences took place a long time ago and Wordley was only dealing a small amount of drugs, a judge imposed a suspended sentence.

Claire Marlow, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court that after hew as stopped the second time officers found drugs in street deals, a phone, and £700 in cash.

She said "He was asked about the messages and said 'You can obviously tell at one point in my life I had been selling cannabis'."

Miss Marlow said that before he was questioned about the phone he had been released on bail, but failed to return to the police station.

On Sunday, March 8 last year officers went to Hibberd's home in Kennet Rise, Axford, and while there found he had 19 grams of cannabis in his room.

Wordley, of Kirkham House, Burbage, admitted possessing cannabis and possession with intent to supply. Hibberd, of Farm Lane, Aldbourne, admitted simple possession.

Alex Daymond. for Wordley, said the dealing was at a relatively low level with small amounts being sold for a short period.

He said he sold the drugs to friends to make some money to fund his own use of the cannabis.

Passing sentence Recorder Stephen Hall said "You pleaded on the basis this was street dealing: in other words for profit.

"No doubt you were funding your own habit as you took up to £10 worth of cannabis a day.

"It is quite clear in the this case you committed a criminal offence. Whatever your position with cannabis this court has to set out the law of the land as laid down by parliament."

He imposed and eight month sentence suspended for a year with 100 hours of unpaid work. He put Wordley on a one year conditional discharge.

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