Drug dealers spared prison after turning their backs on crime

Luton Crown Court
Luton Crown Court

Two young men caught dealing drugs in Bedford have been spared custody after a judge heard how both had managed to turn away from crime and were determined to go straight.

On October 4 2018, Bradley Hatchelt and Rohid Islam were caught in a car on London Road with bags of cannabis, mobile phones and cash.

Hatchelt had a large kitchen knife tucked down the waistband of his trousers and Islam had more cash and some cocaine down his sock.

Luton Crown Court was told the pair were spotted in a Vauxhall Corsa by police officers who decided to follow the pair.

On seeing them stop outside a convenience store in London Road the officers decided to carry out a search of them and the car.

Judge Rebecca Herbert hearing the case was told the value of the cannabis contained in nine bags was between £110 and £125.

Between them the pair had just under £300 and Hatchelt told the officers he had a knife on him.

Hatchelt, 18, of Hockliffe Road and Islam, 22, of Mable Road, both pleaded guilty to possessing controlled drugs of class B with intent.

Hatchelt also admitted having a bladed article and Islam admitted possessing cocaine which had been found when he was taken into custody.

The court was told that Islam had now started his own cleaning business employing five people on a part time basis.

Hatchelt was said to have worked well with the Youth Offending Team sincce his arrest and is hoping to become a sports coach for seven to 11 year olds.

Both were given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years and each was told they must carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.