Doncaster ecstasy dealer living with "tragedy" spared from jail
A drug-dealer who supplied ecstasy to youngsters at a party with “tragic consequences” has been spared from prison after a long delay in bringing him to justice.
Sheffield Crown Court heard on December 1 how Dylon Jones, aged 22, formerly of The Oval, Doncaster, had been 18-years-old when he sold ten or eleven ecstasy tablets to a group of youngsters at a house-party in Stainforth, Doncaster, in July 2017.
Vincent Blake-Barnard, prosecuting, said a small group of youngsters pulled some money together and one made a phone call to buy ecstasy tablets.
Mr Blake added: “The defendant turned up around 9pm and they bought tablets as ordered. They were pink and shaped like teddy bears.
"He has handed over ten or eleven tablets for which he received payments.”
Mr Blake said there were incidents which followed the supply of the ecstasy tabets which he described as “incredibly unfortunate” but Judge David Dixon stressed Jones, who pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs, was not charged with anything other than supplying.
No details were discussed concerning what happened to those who took the drugs and although Mr Barnard said he had a “Victim Impact Statement” from a father linked to the incident this was not read out in court.
Judge David Dixon said: “One of the issues in this case is what happened to those who took the drugs and that has clouded the overall position here.”
Michael Cane-Soothill, defending, said Jones has matured since the offence and has worked as a brick-layer and joiner.
He added: “There was a tragic incident at the party to which he supplied these tablets and as a consequence of that he stopped going out altogether and concentrated on his work and family and he is much more responsible and is behaving more maturely even though he is 22.
"This incident was very much out of character for this young man.”
Judge Dixon told Jones his case is “incredibly difficult” to deal with because the Crown Prosecution Service has failed to get cases to court within a proper time which is a “basic human right” of those being prosecuted.
Judge Dixon told Dylon: “The Crown has failed here and they have not provided a proper explanation of what is going on and why you weren’t brought to court earlier.
"If you had been brought before me in the earlier part of 2017 things would have been very dfferent.”
He added courts have made it clear those who supply class A drugs will go to custody but he stressed it is “utterly appalling” that the CPS is not able to get such cases through the system more quickly.
Judge Dixon told Dylon: “This case should have been here before, but the reality is in the last few years you have changed dramatically and you have learned from what happened.
"And the consequences of what happened brought home the real issue of what happens with supplying class A drugs.”
He sentenced Jones, of High Street, Dunsville, Doncaster, who has no previous convictions, to two years of custody suspended for 18 months with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work. Jones must also pay £400 costs.