Success Stories

Custody avoided for possession with intent to supply class A and C

By Phoebe Coleman  |  06.10.2020

We represented a client who pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession with intent to supply class C drugs, offences for which he had been arrested on 28th August 2017. On the basis of the sentencing guidelines he was facing a sentencing starting point of 3.5 years immediate custody.

Our client explained that he had had severe addiction issues during the relevant period but had since turned his life around. He was able to provide examples of his work volunteering and taking various courses in efforts to improve his life, education and employment prospects.

We argued the delay in bringing these proceedings was prejudicial, especially given this client’s significant recovery work and proven record of constructive engagement with probation services in the last 3 years. We were able to provide references from his keyworker, family, and various tutors and service providers at St Mungos.

Our client received a suspended prison sentence with a 25 day rehabilitative requirement. The client was extremely pleased to avoid custody for an offence he had committed such a long time ago, and described the result as a “massive weight lifted.” The client stated this was “A job well done by you and the team. Thank you and please pass on my appreciation to anyone included.”

This case was prepared by Phoebe Coleman and Amy Cox. David Kitson was the advocate.

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