Kempston cannabis dealer given suspended sentence

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A Kempston cannabis dealer who lied to the police out of “misguided loyalty to a friend” was given a suspended prison sentence today (Monday 22 July).

Jordan Kaler,21, of White Beam Close, Kempston, appeared for sentence at Luton Crown Court, having pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of cannabis.

The Court heard how Kaler had organised a taxi for a man after he had allegedly driven a car at a pedestrian.

Prosecutor Sebastian Walker told the court that in a statement on 16 May last year Kaler said he did not know the man. He made a second statement 3 weeks later in which he said he did not want to go to court, but maintained he did not know the man.

However, police inquiries revealed the statements Kaler made were false. Officers also discovered he had been involved in supplying cannabis and had a small amount in his possession.

Defending, Andrew Corcut said Kaler had not wanted to name his friend. They had been intending to go to Nando’s that evening.

Corcut said the statements had not affected the outcome of the police investigation. He added that Kaler was only 20 at the time of the offences and had been dealing cannabis to fund his own use.

Since then, he said Kaler had turned his back on his drug habit, expressed remorse and was working as a kitchen fitter.

Recorder John Law told him: “You caused the police unnecessary work, but what you did, did not have a serious effect as there is still to be a trial.

“You acted out of a misguided loyalty to a friend.”

Mr Law passed an 8 month sentence suspended for 18 months. Kaler must carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work, abide by an electronically-monitored curfew between 7am and 7pm for 2 months and attend 10 rehabilitation days.

Reporting by South Beds News Agency
Edited by Fay Barrett for the Bedford Independent