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Ex-soldier turned Whitehaven heroin dealer warned by judge jail term is “inevitable”

David Graham

A SOLDIER who became a heroin dealer after his life “spiralled” has been warned a jail sentence is “inevitable”.

Carlisle Crown Crown heard today how David Anthony Graham, 43, began taking cannabis while serving in the Army. A post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer (PTSD) whose condition was not diagnosed, he hadn’t received any guidance and was discharged from service because of his drug use.

In May last year, Graham was found in possession of heroin potentially worth around £300, and a multi-tool which had an extended blade.

At the crown court today (THURS), he admitted possessing the class A substance with intent to supply, and having an offensive weapon at Flatt Walks in his home town of Whitehaven.

Father-of-three Graham’s wife had died four years ago and his lawyer, Karen Tunnacliffe, told Recorder Eric Lamb: “This (heroin crime) is his first offence involving class A drugs. There is obviously a downward spiral here.”

Recorder Lamb adjourned the case of Graham, of Croasdale Avenue, Whitehaven, for the preparation of a pre-sentence report. He was granted bail, and will receive his punishment next month.

“By adjourning for a pre-sentence report and by admitting you to bail this court gives you no indication of what the ultimate sentence will be,” said Recorder Lamb. “I will not be the sentencing judge. All sentencing options remain open. In my view a sentence of custody is inevitable.”

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