‘Out-of-his-depth’ drug dealer is spared prison

The case was heard at Oxford Crown Court

The case was heard at Oxford Crown Court

First published in News

A 20-YEAR-OLD caught with more than £70,000 worth of cocaine has avoided jail.

Yesterday, Daniel Gaughan, of Merlin Road, Oxford, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court after admitting possessing about 760g of the Class-A drug with intent to supply.

Matthew Walsh, prosecuting, said his fingerprints were on a list of customers found in the flat of drug dealer Sean Flaherty, who was jailed for seven years earlier this year.

The barrister said Gaughan was arrested on September 6 last year at the home he shares with his father and the cocaine was discovered in his bedroom.

Mr Walsh added that about 80g of the drugs found had a very high purity of around 70 per cent, while the majority were only around nine per cent pure.

He added that police officers also found £5,211 in cash, scales, a mixing bowl, an air gun which looked like a handgun and other items used in the making of MDMA.

Peter Du Feu, defending, said his client had been dealing straight to users, but was not a supplier for other drug dealers.

Recorder Julian Knowles said although Gaughan had been working for Flaherty, he did not believe he played a “significant” role.

He added that the defendant had only started using cocaine after his mother died suddenly two years ago, adding: “You got out of your depth.”

He sentenced him to two years in prison, suspended for two years, with 200 hours of unpaid work, 18 months of supervision, and drug rehabilitation treatment for nine months.

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12:12pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

Wtf!? Yet another pathetic punishment handed out my Oxford Crown Court.
I'll remember this one for when my cat dies, I might be tempted to go break a few laws, but it'll be OK because I'll be grieving.
Wtf!? Yet another pathetic punishment handed out my Oxford Crown Court. I'll remember this one for when my cat dies, I might be tempted to go break a few laws, but it'll be OK because I'll be grieving. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 10

12:21pm Sat 22 Mar 14

my,say says...

Another joke to the system. Wounder why crime is so high in this country. The courts are a waste of time and a joke
Another joke to the system. Wounder why crime is so high in this country. The courts are a waste of time and a joke my,say
  • Score: 8

12:25pm Sat 22 Mar 14

my,say says...

What a joke. Wonder why crime is so high in this country, courts are a waste of time.
What a joke. Wonder why crime is so high in this country, courts are a waste of time. my,say
  • Score: 5

4:59pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Jules555 says...

That's another drug dealer still out on our streets then!! Well done...not!!
That's another drug dealer still out on our streets then!! Well done...not!! Jules555
  • Score: 7

7:29pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Oflife says...

Believe me, if you do 40 in a 40 zone (even out of Oxfordshire), Oxford Crown Court will treat you WORSE than a criminal. Report stolen bikes to the police? Good luck! They are all only after one type of 'criminal', the motorist, and even then, often middle class or professionals such as taxi drivers who they keep pulling over on St. Giles for a quick £60.

That is what a for profit law and order based city is all about.

Bike thieves steal to pay for their drug habit/dealings. They sell to rich University students who pay a good proportion of the fees that keep the whole place ticking over, that is why drug crime and bike theft is dealt with in sich a lenient fashion and motorists treated like scum.

And where did I learn all this from? An honest copper.

As they say, money makes the world go round. Even if in the wrong direction.
Believe me, if you do 40 in a 40 zone (even out of Oxfordshire), Oxford Crown Court will treat you WORSE than a criminal. Report stolen bikes to the police? Good luck! They are all only after one type of 'criminal', the motorist, and even then, often middle class or professionals such as taxi drivers who they keep pulling over on St. Giles for a quick £60. That is what a for profit law and order based city is all about. Bike thieves steal to pay for their drug habit/dealings. They sell to rich University students who pay a good proportion of the fees that keep the whole place ticking over, that is why drug crime and bike theft is dealt with in sich a lenient fashion and motorists treated like scum. And where did I learn all this from? An honest copper. As they say, money makes the world go round. Even if in the wrong direction. Oflife
  • Score: 2

10:05pm Sat 22 Mar 14

bicesterlady says...

Surely that's a fairly serious dealer with that amount of drugs? How on earth do they justify not giving a custodial?
Surely that's a fairly serious dealer with that amount of drugs? How on earth do they justify not giving a custodial? bicesterlady
  • Score: 5

12:22pm Sun 23 Mar 14

the wizard says...

If the courts cut off the supply of drugs by giving custodial sentences then the use of drugs will also diminish. If it can't be sourced then it can't be used, simple, same as the judges, simple. Was the judges surname Gump by any chance ?
If the courts cut off the supply of drugs by giving custodial sentences then the use of drugs will also diminish. If it can't be sourced then it can't be used, simple, same as the judges, simple. Was the judges surname Gump by any chance ? the wizard
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Quentin Walker says...

Supplying drugs should be classed as intention to cause grievous bodily harm, at the least.
Supplying drugs should be classed as intention to cause grievous bodily harm, at the least. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 4

8:31pm Sun 23 Mar 14

skye53 says...

What's that saying crime pays this country's a soft touch the ordinary hard working person's of this country trying to earn an honest living get more of a fine speeding going to work.it's time they looked at some of these judges that are well past there sell by date.that chap that kicked that cup of drinking choc was dealt with more.
What's that saying crime pays this country's a soft touch the ordinary hard working person's of this country trying to earn an honest living get more of a fine speeding going to work.it's time they looked at some of these judges that are well past there sell by date.that chap that kicked that cup of drinking choc was dealt with more. skye53
  • Score: 4

8:25am Mon 24 Mar 14

thenortherner says...

The lad is 20 yrs old, he's been given a chance to turn his life around. If he went to prison he'd come out never being able to get a job and be a burden to all you tax payers for the rest of his life sat on benefits
The lad is 20 yrs old, he's been given a chance to turn his life around. If he went to prison he'd come out never being able to get a job and be a burden to all you tax payers for the rest of his life sat on benefits thenortherner
  • Score: 3

12:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

robbo81 says...

thenortherner wrote:
The lad is 20 yrs old, he's been given a chance to turn his life around. If he went to prison he'd come out never being able to get a job and be a burden to all you tax payers for the rest of his life sat on benefits
totally valid point and under any normal circumstance I'd agree. But £70k of coke in his possession? at £50 a wrap that's 1,400 deals. Plus he making his own MDMA, had cash from the proceeds of crime. Was in possession of a handgun (admittedly air, but used for intimidation no doubt) and he had a link to a list of customers.

What does it matter that he wasn't dealing to other small dealers. He still had more in his possession than most would get away with! Surely there is a point when a mandatory prison sentence becomes unavoidable.
[quote][p][bold]thenortherner[/bold] wrote: The lad is 20 yrs old, he's been given a chance to turn his life around. If he went to prison he'd come out never being able to get a job and be a burden to all you tax payers for the rest of his life sat on benefits[/p][/quote]totally valid point and under any normal circumstance I'd agree. But £70k of coke in his possession? at £50 a wrap that's 1,400 deals. Plus he making his own MDMA, had cash from the proceeds of crime. Was in possession of a handgun (admittedly air, but used for intimidation no doubt) and he had a link to a list of customers. What does it matter that he wasn't dealing to other small dealers. He still had more in his possession than most would get away with! Surely there is a point when a mandatory prison sentence becomes unavoidable. robbo81
  • Score: 5

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