A FATHER from Sheffield who stashed cannabis in his car has avoided being sent to prison – because of the length of time it took to prosecute him.
Kenton Campbell, aged 30, walked free from Sheffield Crown Court after a judge heard there had been an eight-month gap between his arrest in November 2010 and him being charged by police in July last year.
He pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply and Judge Alan Goldsack QC said the sentence would normally have been immediate jail.
But Judge Goldsack told him: “I’m troubled that a relatively straightforward case has been hanging over you for more than a year.
“For this reason I’m going to suspend for a period of two years a term of 26 weeks in prison.”
The court heard police searched a Toyota belonging to Campbell, of Philadelphia Grove, Kelvin, Sheffield, on Wainwright Avenue, Richmond, on November 8, 2010.
Police found 26.6 grams of cannabis in an armrest and discovered further remnants of the drug inside a plastic container. Just under a gram was found in the steering wheel. The total value of the drugs was £283.
Prosecutor David Wain said Campbell owned a number of mobile phones which had several text messages on them relating to the supply of cannabis.
“The defendant said it was for friends,” he added.
Peter Hampton, defending, said Campbell was rebailed on numerous occasions because of delays involving the mobile phones and the CPS, and he had supplied the Class B drug only to friends.
Mr Hampton added: “If there was a commercial element to this, it was limited. There was no profit made.”
Campbell was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.