Teenager who supplied cannabis to friends avoids jail

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Chapel-en-le-Frith teenager who supplied drugs to his friends has avoided prison.

Daniel David Mulholland, of Eccles Road, was handed a suspended 26-week prison sentence when he appeared before High Peak Magistrates’ Court last week.

John Cooper, prosecuting, told the court how, in the early hours of September 4, police had been called out to reports of trespassers on the railway line in Buxton. They came across three young men standing around a VW Golf in a quiet parking area near to some allotments.

While the three were not involved in the graffiti officers had been asked to investigate, a search of the vehicle, parked just off Byron Street, revealed a quantity of cannabis under the driver’s seat.

The car’s owner Mulholland, 19, admitted possession of 17.8 grams of cannabis with intent to supply.

Mr Cooper told the court Mulholland’s phone had been examined and revealed numerous messages that made it clear the owner was a cannabis user and was involved in its supply.

When interviewed, Mulholland fully admitted possession and said he bought in bulk. He denied selling drugs and denied having sold it to friends.

Russell Wild, defending, said the offence would have long-term ramifications for the teenager, who was of previous good character.

“The only financial gain Mr Mulholland actually made out of this was that he probably covered the cost of his own cannabis use by selling on to those he knew,” he told the court.

Mr Wild said as it was Mulholland who had a part-time job alongside his studies, it was he who could afford to buy the cannabis in bulk.

Sentencing Mulholland, presiding magistrate Robert Watmough, said: “You were dealing in drugs, by your own admission and by the evidence put forward by the prosecution. There is no doubt about that in our mind.

“Clearly this offence is really leading to the wrecking of your own life.

“It is on you to take note of that and move forward and put it behind you one way or another.

“You made a big mistake. We don’t think you are a bad person. The rest is up to you.”

Mulholland was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to comply with a rehabilitation activity requirement and undertake 120 hours of unpaid work

He was ordered to pay court costs and a surcharge totalling £345.

An order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.