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Man goes on trial accused of Kendal Calling drugs plot

Christian Pay
Christian Pay

[A] MAN accused of involvement in a drugs plot unearthed by police probing a Cumbrian teenager’s death has gone on trial.

Michael Mountfort, 42, denies allegedly conspiring to supply class A drugs between April and August last year.

Carlisle Crown Court heard today (TUES) how Mountfort was arrested at the Kendal Calling music festival on 31st July.

He was detained after police launched an inquiry into the death of another festivalgoer. Eighteen-year-old Christian Pay, of Millom, died in hospital after falling ill at the Kendal Calling site near Penrith.

It is alleged that Mountfort conspired with another man, 21-year-old Luke Fraser, to supply illegal substances.

Fraser has admitted being part of a conspiracy which saw class A drugs supplied to a group of friends including – the court heard – Mr Pay.

Illegal substances were seized from the tent of Fraser, and the car in which he had travelled to the festival along with Mountfort.

Mountfort, of Oak Drive, Denton, Manchester, accepts he knew Fraser was planning to supply illegal drugs at Kendal Calling. But he categorically denies playing any part in the enterprise.

Giving evidence today (TUES), Mountfort, a man of previous good character, told the jury: “I had nothing to do with buying the drugs or supplying them.”
The trial continues.

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