Drug addict granny is spared jail
A YOUNG grandmother who became involved in the world of supplying cannabis through an abusive partner was spared a prison sentence. Kathleen Delasall, 37, allowed her partner to store his stock of cannabis at her Stevenage home from where he arranged his
A YOUNG grandmother who became involved in the world of supplying cannabis through an abusive partner was spared a prison sentence.
Kathleen Delasall, 37, allowed her partner to store his stock of cannabis at her Stevenage home from where he arranged his deals, Luton Crown Court was told.
She also became hooked on the Class C drug, said her barrister Richard Keogh.
But she turned her life round following a police raid of her home in Nodes Drive on June 26 last year. The partner, who had been violent towards her, left, she got help for her own drug problem and devoted herself to her family, added Mr Keogh.
Delasall pleaded guilty last Thursday to two charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, on the basis that she was "minding" it.
She was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months with supervision, 50 hours unpaid work and a fine and costs totalling £750.
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Yasmin Punjani, prosecuting, said police found cannabis resin weighing 1.78 kilos and herbal cannabis weighing 643 grammes at her home. It was of a high strength. There were also scales, small plastic bags and £1,904 in cash.
She co-operated with the search but did not answer police questions or name her partner.
Mr Keogh said: "She is terrified at the prospect of going to prison, but in one way her arrest was a good thing because of the changes it has brought about."
He said both her granddaughter and father had health problems and she was devoted to helping them.
Judge John Bevan QC told her: "What sort of example you thought you were setting goodness only knows. But I am not going to send you to prison though you well deserve it.