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Ex-broker is sentenced after cocaine conviction
9:30am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A FORMER insurance broker has been jailed after he was convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Christopher Waite, of Parklands, in Banbury, was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday by a judge in Oxford Crown Court.
The 30-year-old was arrested after police searched his home and found around £3,000 worth of the Class A drug, along with scales, eight mobile phones, and a fake bank note on May 25 last year.
Waite was found guilty of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and having custody or control of counterfeit currency after a trial. He also admitted possessing cannabis.
Richard Germain, defending, said if he was sent to prison his client could lose his current job and even his home. He said: “He will lose his job, he and his fiance will lose their house, because they won’t be able to pay for it.
“And he will come into contact with a lot of undesirables in prison – so a suspended sentence does have its advantages.”
Mr Germain also argued that the cocaine his client had been caught with was of an “exceptionally low purity” of just 10 per cent.
But Judge Charles Harris told him this didn’t necessarily work in Waite’s favour and that even drug users might be “entitled” to better than that.
He said to the defendant: “Drugs are bad for you and they are bad for society in general.
“They cause dependency, distress, despair and crime.”
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