Archer advised addict to write a book

GEOFFREY Archer suggested an Ipswich cocaine addict become a book writer, a court heard.Clifford Graham, 37, of Norwich Road, had been in Wayland Prison when the disgraced peer made the comment, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

GEOFFREY Archer suggested an Ipswich cocaine addict become a book writer, a court heard.

Clifford Graham, 37, of Norwich Road, had been in Wayland Prison when the disgraced peer made the comment, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Lindsay Cox, mitigating for Graham, said his client was "intelligent and articulate" and this had become apparent to Archer.

"He said he should write a book," said Mr Cox.


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Crack cocaine addict Graham pleaded guilty to two burglaries and an attempted burglary, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

He had burgled a house in Anne Street in the early hours of June 22 but had not stolen anything.

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He had also burgled a betting shop and escaped with £450 in cash and attempted to burgle a house in Cecil Road.

The court heard that Graham had been on licence after serving half a 15-month sentence for burglary and breach of a probation order when he committed the offences.

Mr Cox said Graham intended to leave Suffolk in the future to get away from the people who "trigger" his drug taking and offending.

Judge John Devaux said: "You are wasting your talents. Your life is a tragic waste and you are a habitual user of crack cocaine."

He sentenced Graham to a total of 27 months in prison starting from December when the expired caution of his previous sentence will end.

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