Teenage father dealt cannabis to fund own drug habit

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An unemployed 19-year-old, who is set to become a father for the third time, dealt cannabis from his home to fund his own drug habit, a court heard.

Police raided Liam Newell’s house on November 17 last year, and uncovered drugs paraphernalia including a box of cannabis, three weighing scales, 11 foil wraps, a grinder and a drug debt list.

Newell, of Nene Walk, Daventry claimed to have no knowledge of the drugs when interviewed by police. But he admitted possession with intent to supply at Northampton Magistrates Court today.

Newell’s partner, Rebecca Cooke, aged 27, of Tovey Drive, Daventry, was also dealt with for possession of cannabis.

The court heard the couple already had two children together, aged four and two, and that Cooke is 11 weeks pregnant with their third child. Cooke also has a 10-year-old child from a previous relationship.

Stella Moses, prosecuting, said the defendant’s mobile phone was also seized and examined.

She said: “It contained quite a number of texts from people suggesting the receiving and selling of drugs.

“One said: ‘I’ve got some nice stuff, going fast.’”

The court heard Newell admitted he had been “very foolish.”

He has a number of previous convictions, the most recent of which, for burglary and attempted burglary, saw him sentenced to a year in a detention unit.

The court heard he felt “vulnerable” while serving detention, and was worried about the prospect of returning to custody.

Magistrates told Newell he was getting “a last chance “ to change his lifestyle.

He was made subject of a 12-month supervision order, and made to pay £85 costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.

Cooke was given an 18-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay £85 costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.