Woman escapes harsher punishment

Emma Irving was handed a six-month community order
Emma Irving was handed a six-month community order

A woman was spared a harsher punishment for a drugs offence after a court heard her partner had already been sentenced for the crime.

Emma Irving, of Swanland Avenue, was handed a six month community order for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

The offence was alleged to have taken place between December 1 and December 31 2014.

The 25-year-old was also ordered to pay total costs of £145 after pleading guilty, but escaped a harsher sentence because her partner had previously accepted he carried out the majority of the crime.

Speaking at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday November 25, District Judge Fred Rutherford said: “The partner was committed and sentenced to 15 months suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.”

Judge Rutherford added that Miss Irving’s partner had also supported her in respect of the matter.

He continued: “To further support mitigation, she has no previous convictions.”

He added: “Your mitigation means the appropriate punishment is a community order which will only last six months, with supervision.”

The sentence meant Miss Irving escaped a harsher punishment.

Judge Rutherford said: You have got yourself into something completely out of character.”

Miss Irving was allowed to walk free from court before being ordered to pay total costs of £145.