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Norwich man on the 'cusp' of being sent to prison after admitting a series of drug offences

PUBLISHED: 09:57 13 September 2012

New Norwich Crown Court judge, Mark Lucraft. Picture: Denise Bradley

New Norwich Crown Court judge, Mark Lucraft. Picture: Denise Bradley

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A Norwich man who has admitted a string of drugs offences has been warned he is on the "cusp" of being sent to prison.

Jamie Southgate of Bulmer Road, off Bowers Avenue, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to two charges – one of which had nine counts – relating to the supply and possession of drugs ranging from class A to class C.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC, pictured, who adjourned the case so that reports could be carried out before sentence, warned the defendant that all options remained open.

He said: “The matter is going to be put back for preparation of a pre-sentence report.

“It’s most important that you make contact with probation. Between now and the date you’re to be sentenced, Friday, October 12, you must remain in contact with probation so they can prepare a pre-sentence report about you.

“I have to make it clear this case falls on the cusp of whether custody is appropriate or not.”

Judge Lucraft added the fact the case was to be put back for the preparation of a report did not necessarily mean Southgate would not be sent to prison for these matters.

Southgate, 22, yesterday pleaded guilty to two indictments, one of which contained nine counts.

He admitted:

➔ Supplying a controlled drug of class A (MDMA) to another between December 23, 2011 and March 18, 2012.

➔ Supplying a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) to another between December 23, 2011 and March 18, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class A (MDMA) with intent to supply to another on March 18, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) with intent to supply to another on March 18, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class A (MDMA) on March 18, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) on March 18, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class C (ketamine) on March 18, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class C (ketamine) on April 12, 2012.

➔ Possessing a controlled drug of class C (ketamine) on April 12,2012.

He also admitted another offence of possessing a controlled drug of class A (cocaine) on October 6, 2011.

Southgate was granted bail on the condition he makes an appointment to see the probation service and remains in contact with probation between now and when he is sentenced on October 12.

Have you got a crime story for the Evening News? Call Norwich Evening News reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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