Drug dealer fails to win cut in jail sentence

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A Barnsley drug dealer – jailed for selling cannabis with ‘persistence and repetition’ to fund his own habit – has failed to win a cut in his sentence.

Gary Darlington, aged 38, was caught with hundreds of pounds worth of the drug, a cannabis grinder, scales and dealer bags when police stopped him on separate occasions last year.

Darlington, of Sheffield Road, was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court in May after he pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing class C drugs with intent to supply.

Judges at London’s Court of Appeal rejected a sentence challenge by Darlington, saying his punishment was ‘not manifestly excessive nor wrong in principle’.

Mrs Justice Cox said Darlington, a long-term cannabis user with an ‘appalling’ criminal record, was caught red-handed during a trio of arrests in March and May last year.

Darlington’s barrister James Gould argued the total sentence was too high.

But Mrs Justice Cox said the defining essence of Darlington’s offending was the ‘persistence and repetition’.

She added: “The judge was right to regard these factors as serious aggravating factors which merited a more severe sentence than would normally be imposed for this quantity of cannabis being dealt on the street.

“In all the circumstances of this case, a total term of three years was not manifestly excessive nor was it wrong in principle.

“For this reason, this appeal must be dismissed.”