Newport heroin dealer spared jail

A HEROIN dealer who planned to sell the class A drug to buy a headstone for his deceased father was spared jail.

Gulam Ali, 19, was caught with 22 wraps of diamorphine at his home in Harrow Road, Newport, a court heard.

His barrister, Chris Jervis, indicated that his decision to sell the heroin with an estimated street value of £220 was partly brought on by "naivety".

Ali had no previous convictions and already spent about a month on remand, Newport Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Judge Robert Craven gave him a two-year custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, 60 hours unpaid work and ordered him to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Judge Craven told him: "I have read about your background and taken into account your lack of previous convictions.

"You made a huge mistake in doing this.

"You have spent some time in prison. If at all sensible, make sure you do not spend any more time for any offence."

Officers recovered a total of 1.29 grams of heroin during the search on January 20, the court was told.

The court heard that police searched his home after receiving information about an unrelated matter concerning his brother, which also involved drugs.

Prosecutor Gareth James told the court that Ali had planned to use the money gained through the sale of the drug to purchase a headstone to put it at his late father's grave.

The court heard that he had no previous convictions but received a caution for heroin possession in December 2013.

Mr James told the court: "The defendant was a street dealer in heroin.

"Therefore this places him in category three with a significant role because of the financial motivation."

Mr Jervis said in mitigation: "His involvement is through naivety. That's the only way I can put it, as far as a lesser role is concerned."

Judge Craven ordered that Ali completes the unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order including supervision.

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8:31am Wed 26 Feb 14

white white says...

The wrong message was sent here here by the court
this person tried to sell drugs,and cause misery , I'm not
Interested in the excuse which is lame .he should have been
Jailed , surely he could have found another way to honestly
Buy a headstone . The wrong message was sent here.for all those
Who lost family members and had to buy headstones I bet they didn't go down this path to pay for it
The wrong message was sent here here by the court this person tried to sell drugs,and cause misery , I'm not Interested in the excuse which is lame .he should have been Jailed , surely he could have found another way to honestly Buy a headstone . The wrong message was sent here.for all those Who lost family members and had to buy headstones I bet they didn't go down this path to pay for it white white
  • Score: 37

8:44am Wed 26 Feb 14

Abertillery29 says...

Yet again a Crown Court judge has got it wrong. The defendant already had a caution for possession and about 5 weeks later was in possession of a drug with intent to supply. It has to be said though that his defence barrister must have the most up to date book of excuses to put before a judge. It makes me wonder why on earth the police bother to take matters to court with the pointless sentences being handed down.
Yet again a Crown Court judge has got it wrong. The defendant already had a caution for possession and about 5 weeks later was in possession of a drug with intent to supply. It has to be said though that his defence barrister must have the most up to date book of excuses to put before a judge. It makes me wonder why on earth the police bother to take matters to court with the pointless sentences being handed down. Abertillery29
  • Score: 22

8:53am Wed 26 Feb 14

spanner100 says...

Very poor judgement!! This seems to be the "Norm". Are these Judges acting on Government instructions based on available Prison capacity??.
Very poor judgement!! This seems to be the "Norm". Are these Judges acting on Government instructions based on available Prison capacity??. spanner100
  • Score: 22

9:26am Wed 26 Feb 14

ncfcr says...

C'mon boys, it was only a bit of smack. What harm is that doing to anyone? I have 1.29 grams of the stuff in my gravy for Sunday lunch. Next.
C'mon boys, it was only a bit of smack. What harm is that doing to anyone? I have 1.29 grams of the stuff in my gravy for Sunday lunch. Next. ncfcr
  • Score: -23

11:57am Wed 26 Feb 14

broadjustice says...

Well, what an absolute pitiful lie and excuse, if 'one of us' said that, we'd be inside for at least 5 years. This law system is a joke.
Well, what an absolute pitiful lie and excuse, if 'one of us' said that, we'd be inside for at least 5 years. This law system is a joke. broadjustice
  • Score: 8

12:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

white white wrote:
The wrong message was sent here here by the court
this person tried to sell drugs,and cause misery , I'm not
Interested in the excuse which is lame .he should have been
Jailed , surely he could have found another way to honestly
Buy a headstone . The wrong message was sent here.for all those
Who lost family members and had to buy headstones I bet they didn't go down this path to pay for it
Tough on crime and the causes of crime?
[quote][p][bold]white white[/bold] wrote: The wrong message was sent here here by the court this person tried to sell drugs,and cause misery , I'm not Interested in the excuse which is lame .he should have been Jailed , surely he could have found another way to honestly Buy a headstone . The wrong message was sent here.for all those Who lost family members and had to buy headstones I bet they didn't go down this path to pay for it[/p][/quote]Tough on crime and the causes of crime? Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 4

12:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

spanner100 wrote:
Very poor judgement!! This seems to be the "Norm". Are these Judges acting on Government instructions based on available Prison capacity??.
I think that you have hit the nail on the head.
[quote][p][bold]spanner100[/bold] wrote: Very poor judgement!! This seems to be the "Norm". Are these Judges acting on Government instructions based on available Prison capacity??.[/p][/quote]I think that you have hit the nail on the head. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 7

12:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Magor says...

Heroin wrecks lives,anyone caught dealing the filth should get 10 years min.
Heroin wrecks lives,anyone caught dealing the filth should get 10 years min. Magor
  • Score: 15

4:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Lewis SWA says...

It's difficult to have an opinion on this without actually knowing the guy. Selling heroin is a very serious offence, it ruins lives and I don't agree with it regardless of the situation.
With that being said however, to loose your farther at the young age of 19 must be absolutely devastating and will drive many people to take stupid actions in desperation. Despite how bad the offence is; lets not forget this is his 1st offence, we all make mistakes.
I'm pretty some of the readers here would have him locked up for life just for having a foreign name.
It's difficult to have an opinion on this without actually knowing the guy. Selling heroin is a very serious offence, it ruins lives and I don't agree with it regardless of the situation. With that being said however, to loose your farther at the young age of 19 must be absolutely devastating and will drive many people to take stupid actions in desperation. Despite how bad the offence is; lets not forget this is his 1st offence, we all make mistakes. I'm pretty some of the readers here would have him locked up for life just for having a foreign name. Lewis SWA
  • Score: -4

4:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

when I needed to buy my son`s headstone, I worked two jobs cleaning in the early hours and then a full day in a cafe to pay for it,took me almost a year but I did it and was proud of myself ,how can anyone use drug money to buy a headstone for someone you love,shame on the courts and Gulam Ali because of drug dealers a lot of headstones have been needed that shouldn`t have been.( and no my son didn`t die from drugs he was knocked down by a car when he was 11 )
when I needed to buy my son`s headstone, I worked two jobs cleaning in the early hours and then a full day in a cafe to pay for it,took me almost a year but I did it and was proud of myself ,how can anyone use drug money to buy a headstone for someone you love,shame on the courts and Gulam Ali because of drug dealers a lot of headstones have been needed that shouldn`t have been.( and no my son didn`t die from drugs he was knocked down by a car when he was 11 ) SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
  • Score: 8

6:19pm Wed 26 Feb 14

white white says...

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY wrote:
when I needed to buy my son`s headstone, I worked two jobs cleaning in the early hours and then a full day in a cafe to pay for it,took me almost a year but I did it and was proud of myself ,how can anyone use drug money to buy a headstone for someone you love,shame on the courts and Gulam Ali because of drug dealers a lot of headstones have been needed that shouldn`t have been.( and no my son didn`t die from drugs he was knocked down by a car when he was 11 )
I lost my mother unexpectedly in 2012 and it's still raw
Although she had saved for her funeral, there was a short
Fall. ,so the my family paid for the shortfall to cut a long
Story short it was a bad time and the head stone cost quite
A few hundred pounds it was paid for out of our own funds
And savings, savings through hard work ,not through drug dealing
Or other dishonesty, I don't know this snowball crime,I don't believe
Religion has anything to do with it and I should imagine his family will be squirming and his dad turning in his grave.if he was telling the truth.but all this means is the court has set a precedent all someone has to to do
If caught dealing with is come up with some outrageous story
And get a way with it,cos that's what's happened
If they had any
[quote][p][bold]SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY[/bold] wrote: when I needed to buy my son`s headstone, I worked two jobs cleaning in the early hours and then a full day in a cafe to pay for it,took me almost a year but I did it and was proud of myself ,how can anyone use drug money to buy a headstone for someone you love,shame on the courts and Gulam Ali because of drug dealers a lot of headstones have been needed that shouldn`t have been.( and no my son didn`t die from drugs he was knocked down by a car when he was 11 )[/p][/quote]I lost my mother unexpectedly in 2012 and it's still raw Although she had saved for her funeral, there was a short Fall. ,so the my family paid for the shortfall to cut a long Story short it was a bad time and the head stone cost quite A few hundred pounds it was paid for out of our own funds And savings, savings through hard work ,not through drug dealing Or other dishonesty, I don't know this snowball crime,I don't believe Religion has anything to do with it and I should imagine his family will be squirming and his dad turning in his grave.if he was telling the truth.but all this means is the court has set a precedent all someone has to to do If caught dealing with is come up with some outrageous story And get a way with it,cos that's what's happened If they had any white white
  • Score: 5

10:29pm Wed 26 Feb 14

JENKO1965 says...

I cant believe the judge fell for it
I cant believe the judge fell for it JENKO1965
  • Score: 1

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