Exmouth: drug dealer faces long jail sentence after admitting selling heroin near a school

PUBLISHED: 11:59 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 24 October 2017

Malcolm Norwood, aged 45, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, and previously of Read Close, Exmouth, has admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply on January 9 and February 2.

Malcolm Norwood, aged 45, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, and previously of Read Close, Exmouth, has admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply on January 9 and February 2.

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Malcolm Norwood, who lived in Brixington, Exmouth, before moving to Exeter, was caught selling drugs twice in the space of five weeks near his home, working with a female friend on the second occasion. At Exeter Crown Court Norwood admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. A judge told Norwood he faces a long jail sentence

A drug dealer who sold heroin and cocaine in broad daylight near a school during term time has been told he will receive a long jail sentence.

Malcolm Norwood, who lived in Brixington, Exmouth, before moving to Exeter, was caught selling drugs twice in the space of five weeks near his home, working with a female friend on the second occasion.

A judge at Exeter Crown Court rejected his application for a drug rehabilitation assessment because he said it was inevitable he would receive a sentence which was too long to be suspended or served in the community.

Any sentence of more than two years cannot be suspended.

Malcolm Norwood, aged 45, of Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter, and previously of Brixington, Exmouth, has admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply on January 9 and February 2.

Helen Foster, aged 33, denied possession with intent to supply on February 2 but was found guilty at a trial at Exeter Crown Court last week.

They are both due to be sentenced together on November 10 by Recorder Mr Andrew Maitland, who was the trial judge in Foster’s case.

Miss Emily Pitts, defending Norwood, applied for an assessment by the addiction service Rise for his suitability for a drug rehabilitation assessment.

She said a similar assessment is being carried out for Foster, who has been granted bail pending her sentence and it was only fair Norwood should have the same opportunity.

The judge rejected the request and said Norwood may abscond if he was granted bail between now and his day of sentence.

The judge said: “There are sentencing guidelines and I have to bear in mind the second offence was on bail. This was street dealing in Exeter near a school during school hours.

“A drug rehabilitation assessment would incur public expense and a drug rehabilitation order (DRR) could only be made if the sentence was less than two years.

“In my view this was very plainly street dealing for which the starting point in the sentencing guidelines is three years. The second offence was five weeks after the first and was on bail, so a consecutive sentence would be normal.

“I conclude that the total sentence for the two offences is such that immediate custody is inevitable.

“A DRR is almost inconceivable and there is no reason the time of those who carry out these assessments should be wasted.”

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