Woman gets suspended sentence for helping drug dealer

The case was heard at Oxford Crown Court.

The case was heard at Oxford Crown Court.

First published in News

A WOMAN who looked after drugs hidden in specially adapted underwear for a dealer being investigated by police, has avoided jail.

Clemence Tilly, of Langdale Gate, Witney, was convicted of possessing 5.5g of cocaine, a Class A drug, with intent to supply after a trial at Oxford Crown Court.

Yesterday the 26-year-old was sentenced for looking after the drugs on April 24 last year for her co-defendant, Mark Webber, who did not attend the hearing because of illness.

Sarah Holland, defending, said that her client had only been acting as a “custodian” of the drugs, which were discovered after the police searched Webber and found he was not wearing any underwear.

She said: “It is a mistake that Miss Tilly has now paid the price for. She has described it to me as a moment of sheer stupidity.

“She is fully remorseful for allowing herself to be brought into this situation.”

She added that Tilly had just got married and is now called Clemence Rainbow.

Judge Patrick Eccles sentenced her to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, with 100 hours of unpaid work, a three-month curfew and told her to pay £2,000 costs and a £100 victims’ surcharge.

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