A YOUNG dad from Formby who became addicted to cannabis while working in the Netherlands, carried on with his habit after returning to Merseyside.
This led to Sean Boyd building up a debt to his suppliers resulting in him starting to deal the drug.
Boyd, father of a three month old baby, received a jail sentence on Thursday, April 8, but the eight month term was suspended for 18 months.
Recorder Richard Archer told the 25-year-old that he accepted he had used cannabis in the Netherlands “where the use of cannabis is rather more free than in this country. Unfortunately you found yourself addicted.
“You came back to this country where the supply of cannabis is still very much illegal.”
He told Boyd that it was a serious case as he was selling directly to users and has a previous conviction for driving under the influence of drugs but he was not considered a danger to the public.
He also ordered him to carry out 15 days rehabilitation activities and 120 hours unpaid work. The judge forfeited £420 cash seized when police raided Boyd’s home.
Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that officers raided Boyd’s home on September 25, 2019 and found cannabis and cannabis resin, with a total street value of £4,800, and a small amount of cocaine for his own use.
He readily admitted that he had the cannabis to sell because of the debt he had incurred.
Boyd, of Walker Close, Formby, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing cannabis and cannabis resin and possessing cocaine.
Matthew O’Neill, defending, said that he had held a responsible job in the Netherlands and when he returned to this country the cannabis addiction he had developed there continued.
“He mounted up a debt to local dealers and made this foolish decision to supply to others.”