Judge jails South Yorkshire drug-dealer regardless of background and previous good character

A judge has told a South Yorkshire drug-dealer caught with cannabis and cocaine he has to go to prison regardless of his good background and previous good character.

By Jon Cooper
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 5:33 pm

Daniel Strutt, aged 24, of South Street, Highfields, Doncaster, was found at his home by police with 188 grammes valued at £1,880 and 23.8 grammes of cocaine valued at £1,360 after a raid at the property, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing.

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, told the hearing on May 5 that police found the defendant at the property with a friend and the cannabis was in a bucket and the cocaine was in a hollow behind a disconnected fire.

Ms Hollis added: “He was at pains to stress the other male had nothing to do with this and his friend was not involved and he no longer appears in relation to any evidence.”

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Pictured is Daniel Strutt, aged 24, of South Street, Highfields, Doncaster, who was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court, to 27 months of custody after he pleaded guilty to possessing class A drug cocaine with intent to supply and to possessing class B drug cannabis with intent to supply following a police raid at his home.

Police also found weighing scales and a spoon with traces of a controlled drug and hundreds of pounds in cash was seized, according to Ms Hollis.

Strutt, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug cannabis with intent to supply and to possessing the class A drug cocaine with intent to supply after the police raid on February 10, 2021.

Edward Moss, defending, said Strutt’s case is an example of how a drug addiction can turn into something else and blight the life of an upstanding, normal young man.

Mr Moss added: “This is a hard-working, bright young man from a supportive hard-working, normal family and he will have a blight on his character.”

Mr Moss added that Strutt is of previous good character and since this offending he has moved on, is in a steady relationship, no longer relies on drugs and has expressed genuine remorse.

The judge, Recorder Anthony Kelbrick, sentenced Strutt to 27 months of custody and told him: “There is inevitably a sadness in the courts to see people of otherwise good character from good backgrounds becoming involved in the evil trade of selling class A drugs.

"But that sadness cannot extend to any failure of the courts to send out an appropriate message that people who deal in class A drugs must pay.”

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