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Ipswich/Martlesham: Teenager was ‘punished’ after police drugs raided his home and seized heroin and crack cocaine

11:09 12 March 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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An Ipswich teenager who agreed to look after a drugs stash for someone as a favour was held against his will and beaten up as punishment after the drugs were seized by police during a raid at his home, a court has heard.

Samuel Lockwood was reported as missing by his family after his disappearance and when he reappeared he had a number of marks on his back which were consistent with him being punished for “losing” the drugs, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Lockwood, 18, of Bishops Hill, Ipswich, admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and was given 12 months detention in a young offenders’ institution suspended for two years.

He was also given a 30-hour attendance centre order and a six-month curfew.

Lockwood was also ordered to do 140 hours unpaid work in the community.

Also before the court was Oshanie Ashton-Coburn, 21, of Forest Lane, Martlesham Heath, who admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin.

He was given an 18-month jail term suspended for two years and ordered to do 240 hours unpaid work in the community. He was also given a six-month curfew.

Jamie Sawyer, prosecuting, said police officers who carried out a drugs search at Lockwood’s home in December found 32 wraps of heroin with a street value of £1,600 in his bedroom.

A further amount of 14g of heroin was also discovered as well as a single warp of cocaine.

Mr Sawyer said Ashton-Coburn was arrested after his fingerprints were found on black plastic wrapping containing the 14g of heroin.

Marcus Croskell, for Lockwood, said his client had naively agreed to look after the drugs for a man called “Oscar”.

When the drugs were seized by the police Lockwood was punished by being held at a property on Chantry estate and subjected to violence.

He said Lockwood had been foolish and his court appearance was a turning point for him.

Peter Barlex for Ashton-Coburn said his client had acted as a drug courier at a time when he was associating with people involved in criminal activity but couldn’t say when his fingerprints got on the packaging contains the heroin found at Lockwood’s house.

He said his client wasn’t a drug user and was in work.

7 comments

  • I'm shocked it must be great being a criminal these days you can deal heroin and crack which cause untold's amounts of damage to communites and u get a suspended sentence what utter maddnes I remember a police operation about 10 years ago and people were getting 2 years inside for passing drugs from a dealer to someone how times have changed

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    Megahman

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Let's see if they post this comment. Dealing heroin & crack and they dont get any prison time what utter madness that really sends out a strong message

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    Megahman

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • waspie's wife. I too am shocked.How on earth can a drug supplier get a suspended sentence. Then they have the cheek to say there's been a war on drugs...while the young are continuing to be ensnared, and used.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • You cant have printed concern on the young in our town, and the danger of soft sentencing and the bad message it sends out. How old are the moderators one wonders.

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    waspie

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Why does this site stop nearly every comment I thought it said on the website you wanted a good open debate yet you block nearly every comment now that seems to be a contradiction in terms

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    Megahman

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • I think to need to have another look at the wording of the headline on this story!

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    Bruce Wade

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • Ive worked it out you can't say anything about our justice system or lack of one as the paper won't post comments, we really need another newspaper one that wants to print the truth

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    Megahman

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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