Drug dealer 'shocked' by £1,500 bill

Drug dealer 'shocked' by £1,500 bill

Drug dealer 'shocked' by £1,500 bill

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A JUDGE noted that a Southampton man, at whose home drugs were found, looked shocked when he heard he had to pay £1,500 in terms of a fine and court costs.

“I see you raised your eyebrows,” said Recorder Maria Lamb. “But these are expensive matters. If you think that is expensive, think that you are not paying a heavier penalty.”

The judge was addressing Steven Mather, 23, who admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Louisa Bagley told Southampton Crown Court how police armed with a warrant went to his home in Irving Road where they found cannabis with a street value of £660 in an electricity meter box and 34 wraps in a living room cupboard. They also discovered a deals lists and his fingerprints on wrapping. Mather received an 18-month community order with 18 months supervision.

The court heard the offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence which had been imposed for assault, for which he was ordered to pay a £500 fine. He must also pay £1,000 costs.

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8:06am Tue 24 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Do the crime, pay the fine. Probably out selling more to pay if off
Do the crime, pay the fine. Probably out selling more to pay if off Woolston ollie
  • Score: 5

9:50am Tue 24 Jun 14

sparkster says...

I agree, serves him right, you cant expect to commit an offence and have no punishment/fine
I agree, serves him right, you cant expect to commit an offence and have no punishment/fine sparkster
  • Score: 5

10:00am Tue 24 Jun 14

Taskforce 141 says...

So, he was on a suspended sentence (meaning be good or you will have to serve the custodial sentence of your previous offence and any new offence) and yet he still walks out of court?

WTF!!!!

The criminal justice system sucks donkey d*ck, how on earth do you expect to deter people from committing crime if we do not follow through with the threats and guidelines we set out?

what a joke!
So, he was on a suspended sentence (meaning be good or you will have to serve the custodial sentence of your previous offence and any new offence) and yet he still walks out of court? WTF!!!! The criminal justice system sucks donkey d*ck, how on earth do you expect to deter people from committing crime if we do not follow through with the threats and guidelines we set out? what a joke! Taskforce 141
  • Score: 9

11:24am Tue 24 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Prohibition working well there, I see.

Job creation exercise, no benefit to society at all.
Prohibition working well there, I see. Job creation exercise, no benefit to society at all. From the sidelines
  • Score: 1

5:07pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Tallship says...

Mather received an 18-month community order with 18 months supervision for this offence while on a suspended sentence for an assault conviction. Does anyone else think this a little odd?
Mather received an 18-month community order with 18 months supervision for this offence while on a suspended sentence for an assault conviction. Does anyone else think this a little odd? Tallship
  • Score: 3

6:55am Wed 25 Jun 14

skeptik says...

The legal profession putting folk in jail! Is that not cutting of the supply of raw material for feeding the legal machinery.
The legal profession putting folk in jail! Is that not cutting of the supply of raw material for feeding the legal machinery. skeptik
  • Score: 0

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