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Youth detention for dealing drugs to school friends

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A MAN who dealt cannabis and ecstasy to his school friends has been sentenced to two years’ youth detention.

Joshua Gill was sentenced by the Royal Court to two years' youth detention

During the sentencing of Joshua Samuel Gill, the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, said the court had no choice but to impose a custodial sentence as otherwise it would have exposed other teenagers to being targeted by drug dealers.

Sobs could be heard in the public gallery of the Royal Court yesterday as Gill (20) was given youth detention after admitting three counts of possessing a controlled drug, two counts of supplying a controlled drug and one count of offering to supply a controlled drug.

Outlining the case for the prosecution, Crown Advocate Conrad Yates said Gill committed the offences when he was 18 and 19 years old.

He said the defendant’s offending came to light during a routine road stop on 8 December last year.

When the driver of the vehicle – which Gill was travelling in – opened the window, the officer noted the smell of cannabis. A search of the vehicle subsequently found what the police suspected was herbal cannabis, which Gill later admitted was his.

Gill’s home was also searched and 3½ bars of cannabis resin were discovered. During interview, Gill said he was stockpiling the bars for over the Christmas period.

Gill gave police officers the pin code to unlock his phone, which was then analysed.

‘There were several strings of messages interpreted relating to the supply of and offering to supply drugs,’ said Advocate Yates, who called for Gill to be given 2½ years’ youth detention.

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The court heard that between February and December last year, Gill, who was of previous good character, had supplied friends with 33 ecstasy tablets as well as cannabis, and had also tried to source cocaine.

Advocate Rebecca Morley-Kirk, defending, said the offending related to ‘social dealing’ among like-minded people.

‘He bought the drugs to share with his friends,’ she said. ‘Any money made was to go on buying his own drugs. There was no profit as such. He was not selling to strangers.’

She urged the court to impose a community sentence and added that her client had committed the majority of his offences when he was 18, had offered early guilty pleas and co-operated with the police.

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However, the court said it had no choice but to impose a custodial sentence for the charges.

Sir William said: ‘If we had reached any other view we would have exposed lots of other young people aged 17 and 18 to be targeted by drug dealers as potential low-grade, intermediary drug dealers.

‘There is an important message that goes out to all those who might be tempted to take drugs – that this is serious offending and will be met with a custodial sentence.’

Jurats Geoffrey Grime and Rozanne Thomas were sitting.

Krysta Eaves

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