Ecstasy dealer jail term cut

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A nightclub DJ who was jailed for nine years for peddling hard drugs has won a reduction in his prison sentence at the Court of Appeal.

Christopher Mark Brown, 31, of Mill Lane, Kettering, saw his “manifestly excessive” sentence slashed to seven-and-a-half years by three senior judges.

Brown was jailed last October after admitting possession of MDMA, which is more commonly known as ecstasy, and LSD with intent to supply, simple possession of ketamine and money laundering offences.

On Tuesday, appeal judge Lord Justice Laws said Brown had abused his position as an experienced DJ in the “rave scene” to sell large quantities of drugs.

He was caught out in the early hours of March 31, 2011, when he was spotted acting suspiciously near some cash machines in Kettering.

Brown, who had 16 receipts from Halifax machines, said he was depositing £1,500 into his account because he had been too busy to do it during the day.

His home was searched by police later that day and MDMA, LSD and the party drug ketamine, in total worth more than £33,000, was found in a garage.

Police also discovered almost £50,000 in cash in a safe and a bag, while there was another £36,000 in his bank account, the judge said.

Allowing his appeal, Lord Justice Laws, who sat on Tuesday with Mr Justice Mackay and Sir Hugh Bennett, said Brown had significant personal mitigation.

He was of previous good character, had suffered a difficult childhood and had been virtually blinded in a vicious attack, said the judge.

He continued: “The money which was found was well over double the value of the drugs found.

“That says something of the overall gravity of the appellant’s offending, over and above his plea to the specific offences in the indictment.

“We have concluded, nonetheless, that nine years is too high as a matter of totality, not least given the mitigation.”

The total sentence was cut to seven-and-a-half years in prison.