Drug dealer spared community service as he’s found a job

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Swindon Crown CourtSwindon Crown CourtA drug dealer has been told he doesn't have to do his community service as he has got himself a job erecting buildings.

Liam Livingstone was ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid under a suspended sentence, with 14 added for an earlier breach of the order.

But after finding work with a company putting up steel structures he has said he is not able to do the work, which should be completed within a year.

And rather than ask the judge to enact the 18 month jail term the court was urged to replace the punishment with a curfew.

Andrew Stone, for the Crown, said "Probation would like the unpaid work removed as there is not enough time to complete it.

"In it's place they would like a curfew for six nights leaving Wednesday free for him to do the Think First programme."

Sam Arif, defending, told Swindon Crown Court her client had got work with the company which erects steel structures for apartment blocks and other buildings.

He had been working in Manchester, she said, but to comply with the curfew he could work on sites in Reading or Luton.

In the New Year she said he was due to take his driving test which would improve his work prospects if he passed it.

And she asked for the curfew to be in place at a property on Rabley Wood View, Marlborough.

Judge Tim Mousley QC said "In the light of all the information that has been before me I am not going to activate the suspended sentence today.

"But it still remains there and it remains there for 18 months from the date it was imposed and you know what will happened if there are any further breaches of this order."

He imposed a six week tagged curfew from 7pm to 5am on all nights but Wednesday and fined him £200 for the breach.

Livingstone, formerly of Axford, was put on a suspended sentence at Salisbury Crown Court in January for possessing cannabis with intent to supply the previous April.

He got 18 months suspended for 18 months with 140 hours of unpaid work, 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirement and a thinking skills programme.