Peterborough couple sentenced for drug offence

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.

A Peterborough couple who admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply have avoided an immediate jail term

Andrew Jenkins (34) and Christine Coyne (30), appeared at Peterborough Crown Court today after they pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

The couple, who both live in Fletton Avenue, Peterborough, had their former address in Pendleton, Peterborough, searched last year.

Craig Mcdougall, prosecuting, said: “Officers found six small wraps, each worth about £10, and two larger wraps. The total value of the drugs was £120.

“Officers also seized two mobile phones. One had no drugs messages on, but a Blackberry had drugs traffic messages going in and out.”

The court was told Coyne had no previous convictions, but Jenkins had been sentenced for 43 offences in the past, including a drugs matter.

Judge Sean Enright indicated to defence counsel that he would not be sending either defendant to prison, and neither barrister representing the defendants made a submission.

The court heard Jenkins played a ‘significant’ role in the operation, while Coyne had a lesser role.

Jenkins was given a 38 week prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a 12 month supervision order, told to take part in a drug rehabilitation programme and ordered to pay an £80 surcharge.

Coyne was given an 18 month community order with supervision, and ordered to pay a £60 surcharge.

The drugs and Blackberry phone were ordered to be forfeited.