Corby drug dealer avoids jail term

A Corby man sold drugs to friends while staying at his sister's house where young children were also living

A Corby man sold drugs to friends while staying at his sister's house where young children were also living

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A Corby man sold drugs to friends while staying at his sister’s house where young children were also living, a court heard.

Liam McIlhatton, 21, of Lingfield Walk, appeared at Northampton Crown Court last Thursday facing charges of supplying cannabis and possession of the drug.

The court heard police raided the home where McIlhatton was staying in September last year.

They found drugs paraphernalia as well as small, individually wrapped bags of cannabis and almost 40 grams of herbal cannabis worth about £480 in total.

Officers also seized a mobile phone from McIlhatton, which contained a number of text messages which showed he was involved in purchasing drugs and supplying them to a number of people.

Defence barrister Steven Evans said McIlhatton had been involved in the supply of drugs, but added that they had little monetary value and that the amount of drugs was small.

Sentencing McIlhatton, Recorder Christopher Donnellan QC said he was sentencing on the basis that McIlhatton played a significant role in selling drugs, but that the amounts were “modest”.

He added: “There are a number of features that are of concern, not least of which was abusing the hospitality of your sister by doing this in her home. She has two young children there.

“It is up to you whether you are going to change, stop taking drugs yourself and stop selling them – it’s as simple as that.”

McIlhatton was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to complete 50 hours of community work and given a drug rehabilitation requirement.