December 12 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has been warned he could be jailed after he admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Hide, 42, of Long Lane, Bawburgh, had previously pleaded not guilty to conspiring to supply class A drugs between January 29 and February 2 this year.
Hide was arrested after being filmed by undercover reporters from The Sun.
His trial was due to start today for Hide and co-defendant Ben Sharman, 22, who had denied supplying cocaine to the former boxer, after a jury were earlier sworn in.
But Hide dramatically changed his plea to guilty before the trial got under way.
Adam Budworth, representing Hide, said: “The defendant pleaded on a basis that he was entrapped into committing this conspiracy by the trickery of Sun newspapers and its employees.
“He supplied the information to Ben Sharman that there were people, Mazher Mahmood and his other cohorts, at Sprowston Manor Hotel who wanted drugs and he telephoned a taxi.”
Mr Budworth added: “Thereafter he played no further part.”
Hide was warned by Judge Mark Lucraft that a guilty plea at this stage to such an offence is likely to attract 24 months.
The judge adjourned sentence until November 29 at Cambridge Crown Court for an all options report to be made.
Hide was granted bail on the condition that he does not apply for any travel documents, that he lives and resides each night at his home address, that he adheres to an electronically monitored curfew that he is at that address between 11pm and 8am and that he reports daily to Bethel Street Police Station between 9am and 7pm.
Sharman, 22, of Howe Lane, Poringland, had previously admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs, offering to supply class A drugs and offering to supply a class B drug.
Judge Lucraft ordered that the denied matter, supplying cocaine to Hide, lie on file.
Sharman, who is in custody, will also be sentenced on November 29.
Hide, who was born in Owerri, Nigeria, and moved to England as a boy, was educated at Cawston College.
He held the World Boxing Organisation version of the heavyweight title twice.