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Man Escapes Jail Term

Friday July 19 2013

Man escapes jail term Man escapes jail term

A MAN who had been a drug addict since the age of 13 has been spared jail to give him a chance to kick his habit.

Craig Yates, 22, of Hough Lane, Wombwell, left Sheffield Crown Court last Friday punching the air after Recorder Mark McKone sentenced him to 20 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, with an order to attend a six-month drug rehabilitation course.

Yates pleaded guilty to being in possession of 333mg of ketamine and three grams of MCAT - a former legal high criminalised in 2010 - with intent to supply when searched by police on September 19, 2012. The drugs were valued at £114.

Officers had been in the area following complaints of Yates and a woman having a heated argument in the middle of the street.

There were also found to be 19 text messages on his mobile phone related to the supply of MCAT and ketamine.

After appearing at Barnsley Magistrates' Court on June 5, he was granted bail pending his committal to Sheffield Crown Court but during this time was found to be in possession of cannabis with a street value of about £10.

He was initially charged with possession with intent to supply but pleaded not guilty, later pleading guilty to possession for personal use on June 19.

Prosecutor Michael Tooley said Yates had nine previous convictions for 23 offences between 2004 and 2011 and had previously served 15 months' imprisonment in a young offenders' institute.

Defence barrister Rebecca Stevens said: "Given his history and addiction since the age of 13 to cannabis and, shortly thereafter, the drugs which he has been convicted, it comes as little surprise he finds himself before the court again, because his previous conviction did not release him from his addiction. Clearly his last custodial sentence was not able to do that."

Miss Stevens added Yates had found work after being released from the young offenders' institute in May 2011 but, shortly before the offences before the court, had lost his job and turned to dealing drugs to fund his habit.

Passing sentence, Recorder McKone said: "I'm going to do what I can to help you with your drug problem. It really is a very good course but the reality is, if you go on that course and you're still taking drugs and offending afterwards, the court will be able to say it has given you a chance and you haven't taken it."

Yates was also placed under a 12-month supervision order as well as a six-month curfew between the hours of 7pm and 5am and fined a £380 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by andy on Monday July 22 2013 at 14:39

Reply Posted by Azman on Monday July 22 2013 at 14:45
Lmao spared him jail to kick hi habbit if he locked up he gona kick his habbit wat a loads shite

Reply Posted by Person on Monday July 22 2013 at 14:50
Send him to prison the dirty scum bag. Cos of scrubbers like druggies and dole walkers that this town has majorly declined

Reply Posted by Lionel Messi on Monday July 22 2013 at 14:54
Prison for that dirty drug taking oxygen thief. This town is full of people like this along with countless benefit cheats, drunks, drug dealers etc. major decline

Reply Posted by BarnsleyFred on Monday July 22 2013 at 16:03
They would rob their own family, yet the law "lets them off lightly". What is it with this pathetic country?

Reply Posted by ? on Monday July 22 2013 at 16:10
The law in this country is a f***ing joke people getting away wi loads ... No wonder people are doing crimes and drugs , ITS BECAUSE THE PUNISHMENT IS SH** .

Reply Posted by Stevo on Monday July 22 2013 at 17:19
So a drug dealer gets away with a slapped wrist and a 6 months curfew and time to get off drugs.
What an absolute joke the courts system in this country really is.

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Monday July 22 2013 at 22:59
Spared jail to kick the habit? The judge has given him free access to drugs. A custodial sentence is in a controlled environment where drugs should not be available. This country really is screwed.

Reply Posted by diane on Tuesday July 23 2013 at 15:27
its about time this country sorted itsevel out ,ppl in this counrty get away with far too much ,x

Reply Posted by kazzy on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 17:38
Makes me sick

Reply Posted by Cleanfor4years on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 17:44
What a load of Shite!! I'm sorry but if you want to get off drugs you will, I was addicted to heroin for 9 years until it took a close friends life! I was a low life drug dealer :-/. I was put on treatment and never looked back! I've now been clean of drugs for 4 years and working for 3 n half of those! If he wanted to do it it would be done by now!!! I did it, so can you!!!!!!

Reply Posted by :) on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 17:52
Good on you, great to hear something like this!

Reply Posted by LV on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 19:56
Addicted to cannabis at 13?! I'm sorry but that's a crock!! Cannabis is less addictive than tobacco!!!

He got a job after being released from YOI then started dealing when he lost said job to pay for his own drugs? When will the courts wake up, if he didn't get clean after time in the YOI, a suspended sentence & rehab order is going to do nothing!!

23 priors should get the bells ringing! Get him locked up, what a waste of space!!!

Reply Posted by LT on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 20:08
I think it's great he's getting the chance to try and clean himself up, and wish him all the best.