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Drug dealer mum-of-four asks judge to jail her
11:40am Monday 19th August 2013 in News
A MUM-of-four who was caught selling drugs from the home she shared with her young children told a judge to jail her.
Joleen Neal’s solicitor had initially asked the court to consider imposing a suspended sentence, but when the judge asked where she would live if he agreed, the 33-year-old said it wouldn’t work and to send her to prison.
William Woodman, defending, told the court she had nowhere to go if she was put on a suspended sentence and wanted to break away from the Swindon drugs scene. He said she had lost her home and social services wouldn’t let her live with her mum because she had custody of the children.
And if she was put into emergency housing by the council he said she would be amongst drug users and find it impossible to clean up her life.
Earlier Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how police raided Neal’s East Wichel home, finding 23 wraps of crack cocaine in a plastic egg, a knife with traces of white powder on the blade, and rolls of cling film and foil.
Mr Meeke said the drugs had a street value of about £250. Police also seized £422.96 in cash.
Neal was jailed for 18 months.