A JUDGE has spared a young man jail and instead told him to “get the hiding you deserve from your dad” after being caught with almost £1,000 worth of cannabis.
Edward Bartlett, 20, was flogging marijuana in order to make some extra cash on the side.
He had left the family home to move in with his girlfriend but was struggling for money having failed to land a full-time job.
Bartlett of Nantyglo, Gwent, was arrested after police were called to a neighbour’s house over a suspected burglary.
But after turning out to be a false alarm, the officer’s attentions were diverted to the property of where Bartlett was residing after a strong smell of cannabis.
It was there they discovered more than £900 worth of the drug, scales, mobile phones, bags and ‘cannabis cookies.’
Despite clear evidence of dealing, judge Niclas Parry let him walk free but handed Bartlett a 12-month community order and 250 hours of unpaid work.
Parry said: “You have driven your family to despair.
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“You were bang at it. All the phones, the scales, the bags.
“Go and get the hiding you deserve from your dad. I’m the least of your worries.”
Judge Parry insisted that by not sending him to jail he was giving him the fresh opportunity to look for a full-time job.
He also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.