Woman praised by judge is jailed

Northampton Crown Court
Northampton Crown Court

A woman praised by a judge last year for her part in helping to convict a murderer has been given a three-year prison sentence for selling class A drugs.

Louise Wall, 33, of Sackville Street, Kettering, gave evidence in the trial of Philip Haslam, who was jailed after being found guilty of murdering John Kiernan, 62, of Kettering.

A judge afterwards praised her for her bravery in giving evidence and said he would write to the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire to further commend her.

However, on Monday at Northampton Crown Court, Wall was given a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to three charges of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

The court was told how police had raided the home of Wall’s parents and found heroin and cocaine there. Another raid was carried out on Wall’s home.

Wall later admitted the drugs, cocaine with a street value of more than £1,300 and heroin worth more than £1,000, belonged to her.

Defence barrister Maxine Krone said Wall had co-operated fully with the police and had also pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

She added that Wall was herself a drug addict and had two children, aged 16 and 17, whom she would not see if she were in prison.

Sending Wall to prison, Recorder Sam Mainds said: “You are a drug dealer, albeit on a low level.

“You know yourself what problems and disasters drugs cause yet you help cause it to other people by dealing and selling them.

“That is the evil in what you do.”