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Penrith man admits Kendal Calling ecstasy supply crime

A PENRITH man has admitted an ecstasy supply crime committed at last year’s Kendal Calling music festival.

Charles Gordon Stephen Layton Jude, 31, faced two charges when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (FRI).

Layton Jude pleaded guilty to possessing class A ecstasy with intent to supply, on July 28, and possessing another class A drug, cocaine, on the same date.

He is said to have been in possession of 60 ecstasy tablets at the annual festival, which attracts tens out of thousands of visitors to Lowther Deer Park, near Penrith.

Clare Thomas, defending, said of Layton Jude, a man with no previous convictions: “He is somebody who is in work. He has a family.”

Judge Nicholas Barker adjourned the case until February 14. Layton Jude, of Carleton Meadows, Penrith, was granted bail in the meantime but told all sentencing options would remain open.

“You have pleaded guilty to supplying ecstasy tablets at the Kendal Calling music festival,” said Judge Barker. “I am going to adjourn your sentencing for the preparation of a (probation service) pre-sentence report to enquire why it was you were committing this offence in July.

“You are 31 years of age, no previous convictions, you have a good job and you are in a stable relationship.

“It seems to me the court should understand why it is this was something you wanted to do. I am sure there was a financial motive behind it. Why else would you have such a quantity on you in such a place?”

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