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Norwich father dealt cannabis to raise money for Christmas presents

PUBLISHED: 13:37 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 07 February 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A Norwich father who was caught dealing cannabis said he was doing it to raise money for Christmas presents for his family.

Brandon Rodney-Lawrence, 22, was arrested by police at Heathgate, in Norwich, on December 9, last year, with 16 bags of cannabis, which he was planning to sell to raise cash to buy presents for his family, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Andrew Oliver, prosecuting, said police searched Rodney-Lawrence after they were tipped-off he was selling “weed.”

Mr Oliver said police also recovered £170 in cash and discovered messages on his mobile phone which showed he had been dealing in the Class B drug.

Mr Oliver said Rodney-Lawrence had recently been released from a four year jail term and was on licence at the time.

Rodney-Lawrence, who appeared via video link from Norwich Prison, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply on December 9, last year and was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work.

Recorder Douglas Herbert told Rodney-Lawrence that he was giving him a last chance and in future he should concentrate on spending time with his family.

He told him: “You had recently been released from a substantial sentence for supplying Class A.”

He said that he accepted that Rodney-Lawrence had tried his best to support his family but had started dealing cannabis when he found himself out of work.

He told him: “Your family would much rather have you at home with them, than some material goods. Next time you consider becoming involved in crime or drugs think of your family, rather than yourself. They want you, not money.”

He added: “I am going to give you a chance today. If you don’t take this chance you will go to prison and you won’t see your children grow up.”

Isobel Ascherson, for Rodney-Lawrence, said he had tried his best to get work, but was laid off.

“Coming up to Christmas he felt he had no money to buy his family presents. It was an attempt to get some money for Christmas.”

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