Guilty verdict for teenage heroin dealer

A JURY has today found guilty the boyfriend of Kieron Dyer's sister for possession of heroin.It took just over four hours for the jurors at Ipswich Crown Court to reach a unanimous verdict in the case of 19-year-old Ricky Fearon.

A JURY has today found guilty the boyfriend of Kieron Dyer's sister for possession of heroin.

It took just over four hours for the jurors at Ipswich Crown Court to reach a unanimous verdict in the case of 19-year-old Ricky Fearon.

His girlfriend Kirsha Dyer who pleaded guilty to the same charge on December 1 will be sentenced along with him at Peterborough Crown Court on February 12.

Ms Dyer of Bentley Road, Ipswich had given evidence against Fearon during his trial.

Earlier in the trial the court was told Ms Dyer, whose brother Kieron used to play football for Ipswich but now plays for Newcastle United, had been found with £1,000 of heroin stashed in her underwear after police stopped the car she was driving near Stoke Bridge, Ipswich in April. Fearon was a passenger in the car.

The court also heard that her sports car was a present from Kieron, whose family connection was made clear during the trial.

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Fearon and Dyer, also 19 were taken to Ipswich Police Station where the discovery of the drugs was made along with £150 cash, which had been hidden in Dyer's bra.

Dyer claimed the drugs and cash were given to her shortly before she had been stopped by Fearon who had told her to look after them for ten minutes.

Unemployed Fearon was found to have £120 in his sock; his DNA was discovered on the wrapping around the drugs.

Today it emerged Fearon had a chequered criminal history, including drugs, robbery and assault convictions.

Judge Peter de Mille told an unemotional Fearon that sentencing would be adjourned for reports but he added: “Be clear, the reason I'm adjourning is not an indication of the type of sentence that will be imposed.

“A prison sentence seems inevitable and a report should be directed as to the matter of length”.

He was remanded in custody.

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