Drug dealer spared jail because he is joining the Army

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First published in News

A DRUG dealer has been spared jail after a judge was told he is about to go into the Army.

Joshua Taylor, of Minster Road, Brize Norton, near Carterton, admitted possessing cannabis, a Class B drug, with intent to supply, and possessing cocaine.

Gavin Holme, prosecuting, said the 22-year-old was arrested in a snooker club in Witney in the early hours of December 12 last year.

The barrister said Taylor was caught with around 1kg of cannabis in his father’s car outside, which Taylor had been driving, and a single wrap of cocaine.

Mr Holme told Judge Gordon Risius at Oxford Crown Court yesterday the total street value of the drugs seized could be as much as £15,130.

Mr Holme said charges had also been brought against the defendant’s father, Peter Taylor, but subsequently dropped.

He added that the younger Taylor had one previous conviction for a series of burglaries when he was a teenager.

Louise Culleton, defending, said her client had come under pressure to commit the crime from his father, who she said has previous convictions for drugs offences.

She also told Judge Risius that Taylor had been accepted into the Army’s Royal Engineers if he avoided a prison sentence.

Miss Culleton said he has scored excellent marks on all his entry tests and the Army had been very impressed with him.

Judge Risius said he would give Taylor “a chance” but warned him not to throw it away.

He sentenced him to a community order with 150 hours of unpaid work and told him to pay £1,500 costs and a £60 victims’ surcharge.

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12:43pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

So as long as your out of work but about to get one, you can avoid jail time!
So as long as your out of work but about to get one, you can avoid jail time! Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: -155

1:09pm Fri 29 Nov 13

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

amazing.. just goes to show how soft our legal system is and how easy you can get off the hook if you know what to say.
amazing.. just goes to show how soft our legal system is and how easy you can get off the hook if you know what to say. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -177

2:17pm Fri 29 Nov 13

JanetJ says...

Will the army really take him?
Will the army really take him? JanetJ
  • Score: -94

3:41pm Fri 29 Nov 13

H.J.Harris says...

Is this the standard of person we want in the armed forces ?
I wonder what will happen if he decides not to go into the Army, doesn't look as if the Court has made it conditional.
Is this the standard of person we want in the armed forces ? I wonder what will happen if he decides not to go into the Army, doesn't look as if the Court has made it conditional. H.J.Harris
  • Score: -46

2:39pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Local Observator says...

Perhaps you should not be so judgemental. Things are not always as they seem. As silly as it might sound and of course the justice system has heard it all before but perhaps these illicit items did not really belong to him. Josh is a very good man and more than capable to serve for our country.This is tabloid rubbish with an exaggerated headline. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.
Perhaps you should not be so judgemental. Things are not always as they seem. As silly as it might sound and of course the justice system has heard it all before but perhaps these illicit items did not really belong to him. Josh is a very good man and more than capable to serve for our country.This is tabloid rubbish with an exaggerated headline. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. Local Observator
  • Score: -2

4:42pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Local Observator says...

Ok well just so before you judge me from what you think might be the truth i am in no way what i have been made out to be in any article you may have read, i have always been committed to leading a good life and take pride in the person i am, i have been through more in the 22 years i have been alive than most of you have probably been through in twice your life time. im not going to go into any massive detail but my step dad died in my arms when i was 12 and i joined the army cadets a few months later i always wanted to be a part of the army and stayed in the cadets until i was 18 and 9 months i left as a company sgt major and applied for the army in 2010. i was unsuccessful and re applied a year later, i have always chased my dream and will not give up on it. you would not believe the hurdles i have overcome to get where i am today, i do not take drugs and already have a job in the army (just for the record) the drugs that were seized/found were not mine and this was made aware to the relevant people. i had to take the wrap for my fathers sake as he is 55 years old and may not be around much longer. i risked my life my career my dream and everything i ever wanted because the last thing i want on my conscience is my DAD DYING in PRISON when i could have done something about it. I WILL BE THE PERSON THAT ALL MY LIFE I HAVE WANTED TO BE AND SERVE FOR MY COUNTRY AS I HAVE ALWAYS INTENDED. i have always worked full time and always will whether its for minimum wage or less i do not care, none of you no me or no anything of my lifes issues so quite frankly your opinions do not matter. im a soldier in mind and body i have committed the last 10 years of my life to the army and will commit a further 12/15 given the chance. i will make myself my friends my family my country and everyone that knows me proud. from what i have had to deal with a successful career is more than i deserve. i am in no way some little waster that thought he could make some easy money infact i made no money i got a roof over my head and food. believe and judge me how you like but I WILL BE A ROYAL ENGINEER AND I WILL LIVE THE LIFE THAT I DESERVE.
Ok well just so before you judge me from what you think might be the truth i am in no way what i have been made out to be in any article you may have read, i have always been committed to leading a good life and take pride in the person i am, i have been through more in the 22 years i have been alive than most of you have probably been through in twice your life time. im not going to go into any massive detail but my step dad died in my arms when i was 12 and i joined the army cadets a few months later i always wanted to be a part of the army and stayed in the cadets until i was 18 and 9 months i left as a company sgt major and applied for the army in 2010. i was unsuccessful and re applied a year later, i have always chased my dream and will not give up on it. you would not believe the hurdles i have overcome to get where i am today, i do not take drugs and already have a job in the army (just for the record) the drugs that were seized/found were not mine and this was made aware to the relevant people. i had to take the wrap for my fathers sake as he is 55 years old and may not be around much longer. i risked my life my career my dream and everything i ever wanted because the last thing i want on my conscience is my DAD DYING in PRISON when i could have done something about it. I WILL BE THE PERSON THAT ALL MY LIFE I HAVE WANTED TO BE AND SERVE FOR MY COUNTRY AS I HAVE ALWAYS INTENDED. i have always worked full time and always will whether its for minimum wage or less i do not care, none of you no me or no anything of my lifes issues so quite frankly your opinions do not matter. im a soldier in mind and body i have committed the last 10 years of my life to the army and will commit a further 12/15 given the chance. i will make myself my friends my family my country and everyone that knows me proud. from what i have had to deal with a successful career is more than i deserve. i am in no way some little waster that thought he could make some easy money infact i made no money i got a roof over my head and food. believe and judge me how you like but I WILL BE A ROYAL ENGINEER AND I WILL LIVE THE LIFE THAT I DESERVE. Local Observator
  • Score: 2

4:50pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Local Observator says...

The above comment posted by and obviously on behalf of Joshua Taylor. Look in the mirror and look around you before you cast judgement.
The above comment posted by and obviously on behalf of Joshua Taylor. Look in the mirror and look around you before you cast judgement. Local Observator
  • Score: -1

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