'Merciful' judge gives chance to Chippenham man involved in drug trade

'Merciful' judge gives chance to Chippenham man involved in drug trade

'Merciful' judge gives chance to Chippenham man involved in drug trade

First published in Latest News

A Chippenham man who was again caught involved in the drugs trade has been given a chance by a judge who told him he was being 'merciful'.

Dale Meadows, 24, was found guilty of being concerned it the supply of cannabis following a trial at Swindon Crown Court last month.

And the court heard that Meadows had convictions for two similar matters from 2010 and 2012.

But of Friday a judge told him he was fortunate not to be going to jail after hearing he now had a job, a stable home and a girlfriend.

Meadows was convicted after text messages found on his phone showed his involvement in the dealing of cannabis.

Judge Douglas Field told Meadows' barrister: "You client gave evidence at trial and I accepted what he told the jury about his very unfortunate upbringing and chaotic life.

"In recent times he had found a girl who had been good to him, he has stable accommodation and a good job.

"Someone with his lack of education and opportunities, to have a job like that is a prize worth having.

"It is for these reasons that I am prepared to suspend the inevitable sentence of imprisonment.

"I am going to give you, as a matter of mercy, a chance to carry on making something of your life. You have a good job you have kept down.

"I am not going to pass a sentence which means you will lose your employment and accommodation.

"You are to be counted as fortunate. This is a chance, don't throw it all away."

He imposed a 15 month jail term, suspended for a year with 230 hours of unpaid work, and ordered he forfeit the £530 found on him when he was arrested and pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Meadows, of Sheldon Road, was found guilty of being involved in the drugs trade between Wednesday, April 17, and Saturday, April 20, last year.

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