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Burnley crack cocaine dealer walks free after surrendering himself
A CRACK cocaine street dealer who walked into a police station and confessed has walked free from court after a judge said his case was ‘really bizarre’.
Burnley Crown Court was told Abdul Ahad, 19, turned up at the front desk and handed an officer seventeen £20 deals, £210 cash made from supplying drugs the day before and his dealer phone.
Ahad, a cannabis user, was arrested and claimed he was not under threat. But, when he appeared in court his barrister, who described his actions in handing himself in as brave, said he had been frightened.
The defendant came to be sentenced accompanied by a group of youths, who sat in the public gallery and Judge Beverley Lunt said the ‘gang’ he had brought with him worried her.
She said: “Coming mob-handed in this court, like a badge of honour. It’s not good.”
Ahad, of Kent Street, Burnley, had admitted possessing crack with intent to supply and had been committed for sentence by magistrates. He received two years in youth custody, suspended for two years, with 12 months' supervision and 300 hours’ unpaid work.
Prosecutor Sarah Gruffydd said the street deals weighed 2.86 grams. On February 17, the defendant went to Burnley police station.
Ahad had convictions for possessing cannabis and having an offensive weapon.
Huw Edwards, defending Ahad, said: “He was under a threat from a dealer who was supplying him.”
Judge Lunt said: “There's nothing that makes sense, other than the fact you were in so well over your head you got very frightened.”