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Man who again admits drug dealing avoids prison

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 01, 2013

A PENZANCE man who admitted dealing drugs from his mother's home for the second time has avoided being jailed.

Tommy Knowles, 21, who served a 26-week suspended sentence for similar offences in 2011, pleaded guilty to three charges of possession of cannabis, MDMA and diazepam with intent to supply, when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday. The court heard police found drugs including 18 ecstasy tablets and 447 diazepam tablets, which had a total street value of £2,642, at the home on Treweath Road on February 8 .

Mr Iain White, for the CPS, said Knowles told police he was working to pay off a debt to dealers further up the chain after his previous conviction. Mr White said: "He said he was scared and had concerns that they could hurt him or his family."

Curt Lewis, for the defence, said Knowles had changed his life since February, moving in with his girlfriend, their baby and her parents, distancing himself from his past.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said he was giving Knowles a chance when handing him a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

Knowles was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, pay a £100 victim surcharge and was placed on an electronically monitored curfew for three months from 9pm to 6am at his new address on Meadow Drive, Camborne.

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