Pregnant woman caught dealing heroin avoids jail

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A pregnant woman caught dealing heroin in Norwich thanked the judge after he suspended her prison sentence.

Katherine Birch sold a wrap of heroin and a wrap of crack cocaine to 'Tommo' for £25 on March 21.

Norwich Crown Court heard how she appeared with the drugs after the undercover officer called a number for the 'Oreo' drug line.

Mr Youell, prosecuting, said the 0.14g of heroin had a purity of 54pc, while the 0.1g of cocaine had an 82pc purity.

Birch, 40, of Rosary Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying Class-A drugs.

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Jonathan Goodman, mitigating, said Birch had a 'long-standing and significant' Class-A drug habit.

He said she is now 18 weeks pregnant with her first child.

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Judge Anthony Bate sentenced her to two years in prison, suspended for 18 months.

She must also undertake a six-month drug rehabilitation course.

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