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Father of sick son jailed for cocaine deals

PUBLISHED: 15:18 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:39 12 August 2010

A MAN said to be the sole carer of his sick 13-year-old son was jailed for 15 months at Croydon Crown Court on Monday for getting involved in drug dealing.

A MAN said to be the sole carer of his sick 13-year-old son was jailed for 15 months at Croydon Crown Court on Monday for getting involved in drug dealing.

Andrew Pierre, 47, of Woodbine Grove, Penge is a single parent and brought up all of his three sons alone.

But a judge said the offence was too serious for anything less than an immediate prison sentence.

Prosecuting, Shekinah Anson said Pierre was caught during the police's Operation Prada in that area.

An officer pretending to be a drug customer on February 2 asked Pierre to get him some cocaine.

He was given £20 and he obtained the drugs from a dealer and took it to the officer.

He was promptly arrested and pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Defending, Nicola Kay said the offence was a one-off in which Pierre was being helpful to someone. Mr Recorder David Cartwright told Pierre, who has a previous convictions for dishonesty: "I accept that this was a one-off, but the fact remains that any involvement in the dealing of Class A drugs is something the courts take very seriously.

"It seems extraordinary that a devoted father like yourself should have involved himself in such activity. I bear in mind you are the sole carer of your son who has diabetes and sickle cell illness.

"He has grown up with you and has always been used to being with you, and I accept the punishment is one for him as well as you, and that you will also lose the tenancy of your premises.

"But these are matters to which you should have given consideration before involving yourself.


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