Judge warns jailed drug dealer he has a 'bleak future'

The Oxford Times: PASSED SENTENCE: Judge Risius PASSED SENTENCE: Judge Risius

A 19-YEAR-OLD drug dealer was jailed and told by a judge he has a “bleak future” if he doesn’t change his ways.

Robert Jolly, of Straight Road, Old Windsor, was sentenced to two years and nine months on Tuesday at Oxford Crown Court.

The teenager was arrested on April 23 this year in Rose Place in Oxford after a member of the public spotted him selling drugs in a doorway.

Hilary Neville, prosecuting, said police officers found he was carrying 117 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, some of which were hidden in his pants.

She told Judge Gordon Risius the drugs could have a street value of around £1,100 and Jolly was also in possession of £1,068.45 in cash, which had now been confiscated.

The defendant has now pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and one count of possessing criminal property. Miss Neville added that starting in 2010 Jolly had previous convictions for burglary, robbery, escaping from custody and criminal damage.

Gareth James, defending, said his client had started dealing after becoming addicted to Class A drugs himself. He said: “It appears to have been that he was involved in dealing for a relatively short time.

“And it appears that he was right at the bottom of the chain.”

Judge Risius said he had no choice but to give Jolly an immediate custodial sentence.

He told him: “If you carry on behaving as you have been over the last two or three years you face a bleak future, going in and out of prison. I hope you will make progress with your drug addiction while you are in custody.”

Jolly will also have to pay a £120 victims’ surcharge when he is released.

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