TWO drug dealers were spared jail after a judge was impressed by the ‘spelling and grammar’ they used to broker illicit trades.
Students Luke Rance, 19, and Brandon Kerrison, 21, were caught outside a library with cannabis. When police examined their mobile phones, they found correctly spelled text messages relating to drug deals.
Judge David Hale said the ‘grammar and punctuation’ in the messages was of a much higher standard than normally seen from drug dealers. One message from Kerrison’s phone said: ‘Mad flavours from 10 tonight — let me know for more details.’
Swansea crown court heard Kerrison was studying construction while performing arts lover Rance is due to start a degree course later this year.
Judge Hale said he did not want to ‘fetter the prospects’ of either man by sending him to jail. Instead he handed them community orders with 100 hours of unpaid work.
Kerrison, of Swansea, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. Rance, also of Swansea, admitted possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis with intent.
The judge told the pair that at first ‘cannabis may be an experiment that you find pleasurable’ but its use can have serious consequences.
He said courts all too often see lives that have been ‘desperately affected’ by the use of strong cannabis.
A delay in bringing the case to court ‘does not do the system much credit’, said the judge, but it may have worked to the benefit of the pair as it meant they were able to demonstrate they had got their lives back on track and had stayed out of trouble.
He said Rance seemed to have got involved with ‘ne’er-do-wells in Liverpool’ by his cannabis-buying activities while Kerrison had set himself up as dealer for people in the local community.
Judge Hale (pictured above) said: ‘I hope a court never sees either of you again.’