Jailed with a kiss: The drug dealer who stood in the dock with his girlfriend

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A DRUG dealer was jailed with a kiss for his girlfriend who stood in the dock with him.

Keith Robinson, 45, at first claimed that a parcel of amphetamines which police found in the freezer compartment of his fridge was for their personal use.

But an analysis of his mobile phone revealed text messages from his customers, and he admitted 10 months later that he was supplying the Class B drug.

Robinson, an ex-borstal boy from the early 80s, was arrested with his girlfriend Lorraine Bayliss, 29, when police searched his home in Hartlepool at 8.40am on February 7 last year.

The parcel contained 5.4 grammes of amphetamines worth £454, which the couple claimed was an ounce each for their personal use.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs told Teesside Crown Court that police also seized telephones, a piece of paper with telephone numbers on it, and digital scales and a knife both with traces of amphetamines.

They were interviewed again on December 8 and Robinson was asked about text messages on his iphone. There were 15 separate telephone numbers which had contacted him or been contacted.

Liam O’Brien, defending, said Robinson accepted full responsibility. He had run up drug debts for cannabis, and because he was unemployed he had no other way to pay them off than to sell drugs for others higher up the supply chain who took the money off him.”

Mr O’Brien added: “Although he has had a very difficult life he does not seek to use that as an excuse for his offending.

“He has been working with others to address his problems. Fifteen separate individuals are identified by those (telephone) numbers. There is no evidence to suggest that it has been going on for longer than the two months indicated by the defendant in the pre-sentence report.”

Martin Scarborough, defending Bayliss, said that she had smoked cannabis over the years and the amphetamine was for her own use.

He said: “There are no real aggravating features, save it was a much larger amount than the normal possession.”

The judge Recorder Andrew Sutcliffe QC told Robinson: “The circumstances of this offence are extremely serious.

“You were found in possession of a large quantity of drugs and your telephone shows that you had been in communication with at least 15 drug users.

You do not appear to appreciate the damage that someone like you causes to members of the community.”

Robinson, of Hunter Street, Hartlepool, was jailed for 12 months after he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

Bayliss, of Rodney Street, Hartlepool, was given a six-month community order with supervision after she pleaded guilty to possession.

Robinson gave her a kiss and his door key as she wept when he was led away.