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Size saves dealer from jail
    #1554897 - 05/16/03 09:06 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)


Size saves dealer from jail May 17 2003

by Robin Turner, The Western Mail

DRUGS dealer Jamie Barnikel has been spared a jail sentence - because he is only three feet tall.

Barnikel, 21, was even allowed to sit outside the court dock so the judge could see him above the waist-high wooden barrier.

When he appeared at Swansea Crown Court last month for a preliminary hearing, he could not be seen after sitting down in the dock.

He admitted two offences of supplying cannabis resin in Pembrokeshire and two of possessing quantities of the drug with intent to supply.

David Blake, prosecuting, told the court that Barnikel was stopped by police as he approached a house in Tenby Court, Pembroke, last year.

Drugs squad officers found 28.7 grammes of resin in his pockets and arrested him.

Swansea Crown Court heard Barnikel was then taken inside the house where police officers announced they intended searching the whole premises.

Barnikel volunteered they would find more cannabis if they looked under a coffee table.

A further search revealed 78.6 grammes of cannabis resin cut into 24 "deals" wrapped in cellophane and another 17.8 grammes of loose resin as well as weighing scales, knives and a chopping block.

A second search of his home in Powell Close, Golden Hill, Pembroke, revealed even more apparatus connected with the supply of illegal drugs.

One of his customers, Gareth John Evans, later told police that Barnikel had supplied him with resin on 10 occasions.

During police interviews, Barnikel told drugs squad officers he used the house in Tenby Court so his family would not know what he was up to.

His barrister, Chris Clee, explained to the court that brittle bone disease had severely affected his client's stature.

Mr Clee said it had prevented him getting on in life even though Barnikel was academically bright.

Asking for his client to be seated where the judge could see him, he said, "For fairly obvious reasons, the court dock is not appropriate."

Mr Clee said even a suspended prison sentence for Barnikel "would not achieve much" and that he should be helped instead.

He insisted, "He requires assistance.

"Even to order him to pay prosecution costs would only deprive him of his disability allowance."

Mr Clee said Barnikel was not without talent and had left school with 10 GCSEs but his physical condition had prevented him from making any progress.

Sentencing Barnikel, Judge Michael Burr warned the defendant he could face jail in the future if he did not stop his association with the drug world.

Addressing him he said, "You don't have to get up.

"You knew what was involved and whatever view you may have about cannabis consumption on your own there was never any justification for passing it on to someone else.

"I bear in mind your physical problems and the efforts you have made to overcome them.

"But you must understand this cannot happen again.

"Never mind your personal circumstances, custody may be the outcome next time," he said.

Barnikel, who has to walk with the aid of crutches and who uses a specially-adapted car, was made the subject of a two-year community rehabilitation order.

He was also ordered to attend a relapse prevention programme.


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Re: Size saves dealer from jail [Re: motaman]
    #1555766 - 05/17/03 07:51 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: Size saves dealer from jail [Re: Learyfan]
    #1556428 - 05/17/03 05:31 PM (14 years, 10 months ago)

I keep thinking of "mini-me"

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today because growers in the 30s lobbied against hemp farmers -- they saw it as competition, because It is not chemically addictive as is nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine.

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