Dealer told to expect jail

Hickman pleaded guilty to eight charges of being concerned in the offer to supply cannabis
Hickman pleaded guilty to eight charges of being concerned in the offer to supply cannabis

A drug dealer has been warned he should expect to be jailed after pleading guilty to a string of offences for supplying cannabis in Bridlington.

Paul Hickman, 29, of Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, pleaded guilty to eight charges of being concerned in the offer to supply a controlled drug of class B when he appeared at Hull Crown Court (Monday October 2).

Hickman admitted contravening section 4 of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act on eight separate dates between August 31 and December 30 2014. He had initially pleaded not guilty to all the offences at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard the latest offences put him in breach of a three-year suspended sentence imposed on September 21 2012 for which he automatically falls to be re-sentenced, unless it would be unjust to do so.

Defence barrister Paul Norton told the court: “Mr Hickman has previous convictions, but nothing for three years and nothing for drugs. My application is for a pre-sentence report.”

Recorder Kate Tulk ordered Hickman to stand as she told him: “The starting point the court must consider is custody. The fact that I am adjourning sentence is no indication of the sentence that will be passed.”

Hickman will be sentenced on October 26. He was allowed to walk free on bail.