Drug-dealing milkman spared jail

By Rightnow289 · Feb 6, 2009 · Updated Feb 6, 2009 · ·
  1. Rightnow289
    A milkman who supplied cannabis to customers to ease their aches and pains has walked free from court.


    Robert Holding, 72, of Fair View Road, Burnley, admitted possession and supply of cannabis and received a suspended prison sentence at Burnley Crown Court.
    The court heard that his wife has Alzheimer's disease and recently moved into a care home.
    Judge Beverley Lunt told Holding the sentence was "an act of mercy" in light of his wife's illness.
    A previous hearing was told how Holding delivered the drug while doing his rounds to 17 customers he had built up through "word-of-mouth".
    He admitted at an earlier hearing to supplying cannabis resin between April and July 2008, and possessing cannabis with intent to supply on 17 July last year.
    Prosecutor Sarah Statham told the court that police found out about his activities and raided his property when his wife and daughter were at home.

    'Extremely frank'

    During the raid, Holding arrived home in the van he used for his milk round and officers found nearly 6oz (167g) of cannabis split into 15 separate packets in an egg crate in the vehicle.
    Miss Statham said the smallest amount the packets contained was 0.1oz (3g) of the drug and the largest amount was 0.7oz (20g).
    She said the cannabis had an estimated street value of £450.
    She added that Holding was "extremely frank" during the course of the police interview.
    She said: "He said he sold the cannabis to existing customers because they were old and had aches and pains.
    "He said he sold a 9oz (255g) bar about every three weeks and sold it for a relatively cheap value.

    He misguidedly believed he was providing a public service

    Judge Beverley Lunt

    "He said that customers left him notes saying, for example, 'Can I have an ounce this week or can I have an eighth?'."
    The court heard that Holding has been married for 53 years and has six children and 28 grandchildren.
    Philip Holden, for the defence, said in mitigation that his client became tearful at the thought of being sent to prison and not being able to see his wife.
    "He is very fearful that her mental health will deteriorate further if he's unable to see her on a daily basis," he said.
    He said an unusual feature of the case was that Holding "wasn't making much of a profit" and said he made more of a profit on his milk round.
    He said his oldest client was 92 and added: "Word had got out that he was a man who could supply cannabis to those of a certain age with aches and pains and he misguidedly believed he was providing a public service."
    Mr Holden said Holding sold the drug far below its street value, selling one-eighth for £4.10 as opposed to the £10 it would normally fetch.
    Judge Lunt said: "You were not some philanthropist helping out the elderly out of the good of your heart. You dealt drugs for profit in a calculated way. It was a business."
    She added: "You didn't consider what effect those drugs might have had on the people you were supplying."
    Holding received a 36-week sentence for each count, suspended for one year.
    He also received a one-year supervision order.

    Source - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/7875395.stm

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  1. honourableone
    72-year-old milkman who also supplied cannabis on his daily round has walked free from court.
    Robert Holding, of Fair View Road, Burnley, Lancashire, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Burnley Crown Court to supplying cannabis resin between April 1 and July 18 last year.

    Holding, who had also admitted possessing cannabis resin, received a 36-week sentence for each count, suspended for one year. He also received a one-year supervision order.
    The court heard that Holding kept the drug in an eggbox and delivered it during his milk round to 17 customers.
    Judge Beverley Lunt told him the sentence was "an act of mercy" in light of his wife's illness. The court heard that his wife has Alzheimer's disease and recently moved into a care home, where he visits her every day.
    Holding said many of his customers had arthritis or multiple sclerosis, or were wheelchair bound. Outside court he revealed he received many Christmas cards from supporters around the UK and said around nine solicitors had asked to represent him.
    Holding, who said he was "very relieved" about escaping jail, said: "I didn't make a profit, they said I did but I didn't. They (customers) enjoyed it, they saved a lot of money while I was doing it and I only did it for a short time. I only did it for three months and they saved about £300 or £400 in that time.
    "One old woman, all she'd got was a little piece and she used to make it last all week. I knew it was breaking the law but I didn't know it was so much and so badly. I can see my wife, that's all I'm bothered about."
    Holding, who has been married for 53 years and has six children and 28 grandchildren, revealed he did not smoke cannabis himself or drink alcohol.

    Published by ITN, 6th February 2009
    Original Source: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090206/tuk-cannabis-round-milkman-walks-free-dba1618.html
  2. honourableone
    You beat me to this one by literally 2 minutes lol. Without the legal side to it, this would be such a sweet, charitable story.
  3. Alfa
    Junkhead: Please upload the image.
  4. jon-q
    Milkman Banned From Driving
    A MILKMAN who supplied cannabis to elderly customers with their daily pint has been caught driving his delivery van whilst banned.
    Robert Holding, 72, was arrested in the early hours of Friday just over a week after he had been ordered off the road.
    Holding is facing a possible jail term for selling drugs to customers to help ease their aches and pains.
    He could have ended up behind bars on Friday but was spared by Burnley Magistrates.
    The defendant’s vehicle was found to be uninsured when he was arrested over the drugs offences and on January 21 he was banned for six months under the totting up procedure.
    Holding, of Fairview Road, Burnley, admitted disqualified driving and no insurance.
    He was banned for 12 months, ordered to pay £50 costs and given a four month curfew, between 10pm and 8am, seven days a week.
    The bench chairman told him: “That’s only to make sure you don’t feel like going out and delivering milk again.”
    He added Holding could have caused harm to other road users and went on: “If you had not pleaded guilty you would have gone to prison for 12 weeks.”
    The court was told Holding was spotted behind the wheel in Todmorden Road, Worsthorne, at 2.30am.
    Prosecutor Carl Gaffney said the defendant had gained some “notoriety” over the cannabis case.
    The defendant, on bail to the crown court, had owned up in full.

    Talk about kicking a man while he’s down, Word has it he has lost the milk round and sold his van.
  5. RoboCodeine7610
    Wow, the guy looks like he's crazy.I do, however, think that what he did was pretty amazing.I mean he cared about people (or so he says, who knows) and if I were to sentence him I'd let him go free.I do wonder if he really did it from the kindness of his heart or if his lawyer just told him to say that...
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