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Brandon Hood spared prison after he persuades judge drugs bag found at Pennington home was not his

A MAN was spared prison after he persuaded a judge that he was not dealing from a bag of drugs found at his former Pennington home.

Brandon Hood (20) was stopped in Lymington by police and found to have cocaine on him in November last year, Southampton Crown Court heard.

Officers went to his home address in West Close and discovered a stash of cannabis and cocaine in a black bag in a wardrobe.

Brandon Hood was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court
Brandon Hood was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court

Hood pleaded guilty to supply of cocaine and cannabis, and two other charges of being in possession of the drugs with intent to supply – but on the basis that the bag found in the home was not his.

In the witness box Hood said he had been too “weak” to resist when asked to hold the bag, and pointed to text messages he said backed his claims he only dealt small amounts of drugs to friends.

He also said he had since left that life behind.

But he was told by Judge Gary Burrell that he would have to name the person the bag belonged to. Hood was resistant until the judge threatened him with prison and he gave a name, which will be passed to police.

Judge Gary Burrell said he had been persuaded to suspend the jail term as Hood had been “courageous” in identifying a suspect to the court.

“Had you not revealed who it was that gave you this bag you would have been going to prison for at least two years, maybe three,” he said.

“I am quite sure you’ve told the truth about that bag.

“The position is now changing because you had the courage to say who it was who gave you it. That makes a significant difference.”

Hood, who now lives outside the New Forest, was handed a two-year jail term, suspended for two years.

He was also told to complete 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

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