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Elderly drug dealer spared jail for 'helping sufferers'

Elderly drug dealer spared jail for 'helping sufferers'
9th February 2009

A milkman who sold his elderly customers cannabis to help with their aches and pains has been spared jail by Burnley crown court, it has been reported.

Robert Holding, a 72-year-old from the market town in Lancashire, dealt to over a dozen people from his Ford Transit van, selling around nine ounces of the class B drug which was stashed in egg crates with a value of over £450.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the defending legal representative, Philip Holden, said: "Mr Holding was not making much profit with the drugs he was supplying.

"Word got out that he was the man who could supply cannabis to those with aches and pains and he thought he was doing a public service."

It was added that Mr Holding's wife suffers from Alzheimer's disease, which was a large contributing factor to the suspension of his 36-week sentence by a year.

Despite this, Judge Beverley Lunt said his actions were out of profit and that he was not a philanthropist.

The reclassification of cannabis as a class B drug was announced by the Home Office last month as part of its new drug strategy.

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