Dead man’s son in court on drugs offences

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A BRIGHOUSE man whose death led to a police inquiry had links to canabis dealing.

Details of John Kerry’s involvement with drugs emerged today as his 21-year-old son Thomas was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court.

The court heard how Mr Kerry, 38, was on licence following a substantial prison sentence when he used his son to act as his “retail agent” for supplying cannabis to users.

Police launched an investigation in August after Mr Kerry died at a house in South Street, Brighouse.

His son Thomas was arrested in May after police were tipped off about a strong smell of cannabis coming from his home in Rogerson Square, Brighouse.

When officers searched the property they found 1.7kilograms of skunk cannabis in various bags together with six cannabis plants being grown with the use of lights, transformers and watering equipment.

Prosecutor Niall Carlin said the skunk cannabis had an estimated retail value of more than £14,000 and the plants could have yielded a further 540 grammes of the drug worth about £4,600.

Police also found digital scales and a quantity of plastic bags in the house.

The court heard that during his interviews Kerry, who had no previous convictions, confessed to selling cannabis on behalf of someone else for about six months.

He said he would make about £20 on every ounce he sold.

The judge said the case had to be marked by a sentence of imprisonment but he decided to suspend the 32-week jail term for 12 months.

Kerry will have to do 120 hours unpaid work as part of the suspended sentence order.

Full story in next week’s Brighouse Echo