Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Court Has Mercy for Dealer Who Turned His Life Around

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Court Has Mercy for Dealer Who Turned His Life Around

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES krysta.eaves@eveninggazette.co.uk

A STUDENT who turned to drugs after surviving a horrific road accident today vowed to turn his back on crime.

Shaun Foster and his friend Ricky Tierney were caught with cocaine, cannabis and thousands of pounds of a drug cutting agent during two raids at their then Middlesbrough home.

Yesterday, the two were spared jail to give them a chance to get their lives back on track. Judge Peter Armstrong told the pair: "I hope that these sentences mean you will not ever get involved in drugs again."

Speaking after the hearing Foster, 25, said: "It's been a nightmare. We were both expecting to go to jail. But I've learned from my mistakes.

"When we got raided the second time I realised my life was going nowhere that I needed to get my life into gear and behave."

Teesside Crown Court was told yesterday how the two were unemployed addicts when police raided their home in Ellerbeck Way on an unrelated matter on February 24.

Cannabis worth PS2,194, cocaine worth PS842, plastic bags, scales and mobile phones were all found.

The two were released on bail, but when police returned with a warrant on May 4 they found cannabis worth PS237, the PS7,000 of cutting agent and "tick lists" indicating dealing.

But the court was told how Foster, now of Suffolk Street, Stockton, had turned to drugs after suffering major injuries in a motorcycle smash in August 2006 when he was just 19.

The former Middlesbrough College student started using cocaine to combat depression after he was left with two broken legs, bleeding on the brain and a collapsed lung after a taxi collided with his scooter on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough.

He also had to have his spleen removed and spent two months in hospital recovering following the crash.

He was awarded PS55,000 compensation but said his life spiraled out of control after he invested most of the money into a cafe on Acklam Road, Middlesbrough. …

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