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Student drug dealers are SPARED jail after impressing judge with ‘spelling and grammar’ in text messages arranging cannabis deals

  • Two student drug dealers were caught in possession of cannabis in Swansea 
  • They had sent texts advertising their product with perfect spelling and grammar 
  • Judge Hale of Swansea Crown Court was impressed with their educated texts
  • Brandon Kerrison and Luke Rance were both handed community orders 
  • Judge Hale previously handed out lenient sentences to sex offenders 

Rod Ardehali For Mailonline

A pair of student drug dealers have been spared jail after a judge was impressed by the ‘spelling and grammar’ of the texts they sent advertising their product.

Luke Rance, 19, and Brandon Kerrison, 21, were arrested outside a Swansea library when they were found in possession of the Class B drug.

A court heard police examined their mobile phones to find text messages relating to their drug deals composed using perfect spelling and punctuation. 

Judge David Hale said the ‘grammar and punctuation’ in the messages was of a much higher standard than normally seen from dealers and indicated a higher level of education.

The court heard Kerrison was studying a course in construction at Llansamlet construction college in Swansea

The court heard Kerrison was studying a course in construction at Llansamlet construction college in Swansea

Performing arts-lover Rance was due to start a degree later this year having studied at Gower College Swansea

Performing arts-lover Rance was due to start a degree later this year having studied at Gower College Swansea

A pair of student drug dealers have been spared jail after a judge was impressed by the ‘spelling and grammar’ of their texts sent advertising their product. Brandon Kerrison (left), 21, and Luke Rance (right), 19, were arrested after they were found in possession of the Class B drug

Swansea Crown Court heard one message from Kerrison’s phone said: ‘Mad flavours from 10 tonight – let me know for more details’.

The court heard Kerrison was studying at Llansamlet Construction College in Swansea. Rance, who takes part in theatre productions, was due to start a degree having studied at Gower College, also in Swansea. 

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Judge Hale said he did not want to ‘fetter the prospects’ of either man by sending them to jail.

Instead Kerrison and Rance were handed community orders with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Had Judge Hale wanted to impose a harsher punishment, sentencing guidelines indicate the pair could have been imprisoned for up to 26 weeks.

Kerrison, of Southgate, Swansea, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard one message from Kerrison's phone said: 'Mad flavours from 10 tonight - let me know for more details'. When police stopped the pair and read the text messages they found them to be written with correct punctuation and spelling, in contrast to the typical messages sent by dealers in the area using poor spelling, punctuation and grammar

Swansea Crown Court heard one message from Kerrison's phone said: 'Mad flavours from 10 tonight - let me know for more details'. When police stopped the pair and read the text messages they found them to be written with correct punctuation and spelling, in contrast to the typical messages sent by dealers in the area using poor spelling, punctuation and grammar

Swansea Crown Court heard one message from Kerrison’s phone said: ‘Mad flavours from 10 tonight – let me know for more details’. When police stopped the pair and read the text messages they found them to be written with correct punctuation and spelling, in contrast to the typical messages sent by dealers in the area using poor spelling, punctuation and grammar

Judge Hale told the pair that at first 'cannabis may be an experiment that you find pleasurable' but its use can have serious consequences. They were arrested outside the pictured library, having fallen in with what Judge Hales described as 'ne'er-do-wells in Liverpool'

Judge Hale told the pair that at first 'cannabis may be an experiment that you find pleasurable' but its use can have serious consequences. They were arrested outside the pictured library, having fallen in with what Judge Hales described as 'ne'er-do-wells in Liverpool'

Judge Hale told the pair that at first ‘cannabis may be an experiment that you find pleasurable’ but its use can have serious consequences. They were arrested outside the pictured library, having fallen in with what Judge Hales described as ‘ne’er-do-wells in Liverpool’

Rance, also of Southgate, admitted possession of cannabis with intent and possession of cocaine.

Judge Hale told the pair – dressed in dark ties and jackets – that at first ‘cannabis may be an experiment that you find pleasurable’ but its use can have serious consequences.

He said courts all too often see lives that have been ‘desperately affected’ by the use of strong cannabis.

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The judge said the delay in bringing the case to court ‘does not do the system much credit’ – and had meant a long period of stress and worry for their families.

The court heard Kerrison (pictured) was studying at Llansamlet Construction College in Swansea. During the sentencing, Kerrison was told by Judge Hale that he all too often see lives that have been 'desperately affected' by the use of strong cannabis 

The court heard Kerrison (pictured) was studying at Llansamlet Construction College in Swansea. During the sentencing, Kerrison was told by Judge Hale that he all too often see lives that have been 'desperately affected' by the use of strong cannabis 

The court heard Kerrison (pictured) was studying at Llansamlet Construction College in Swansea. During the sentencing, Kerrison was told by Judge Hale that he all too often see lives that have been ‘desperately affected’ by the use of strong cannabis 

Rance was due to start a degree later this year having studied at Gower College Swansea. A delay in the trial allowed the pair to demonstrate they could stay out of trouble, which Judge Hale said may have worked in their favour. Following the sentencing he told the two: 'I hope a court never sees either of you again'

Rance was due to start a degree later this year having studied at Gower College Swansea. A delay in the trial allowed the pair to demonstrate they could stay out of trouble, which Judge Hale said may have worked in their favour. Following the sentencing he told the two: 'I hope a court never sees either of you again'

Rance was due to start a degree later this year having studied at Gower College Swansea. A delay in the trial allowed the pair to demonstrate they could stay out of trouble, which Judge Hale said may have worked in their favour. Following the sentencing he told the two: ‘I hope a court never sees either of you again’

However he said the delay may have worked to the benefit of the pair as it meant they were able to demonstrate they had got their lives back on track and had stayed out of trouble.

He said Rance seemed have got involved with ‘ne’er-do-wells in Liverpool’ by his cannabis-buying activities while Kerrison had set himself up as dealer for people in the local community.

Judge Hale told them: ‘I hope a court never sees either of you again.’

Rance, pictured onstage during a school theatre production, had fallen in with drug dealers in Liverpool before attempting his own dealing enterprise. During the trial he admitted Rance, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine

Rance, pictured onstage during a school theatre production, had fallen in with drug dealers in Liverpool before attempting his own dealing enterprise. During the trial he admitted Rance, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine

Rance, pictured onstage during a school theatre production, had fallen in with drug dealers in Liverpool before attempting his own dealing enterprise. During the trial he admitted Rance, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cocaine

How judge impressed by drug dealers’ spelling skills suspended sentences for woman convicted of sex with schoolboy and pervert snared by paedophile hunters 

Judge Hale previously afforded a woman convicted on having sex with a 13-year-old boy a lenient sentence too. 

Jordon Lightfoot, 21, was found guilty of having sexual activity with the schoolboy, and also sexual activity by touching with a boy of 15 and causing or inciting the elder boy to engage in sexual activity in July 2018.

After considering a pre-sentence report Judge Hale imposed an 18 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 50 days of rehabilitation activity. 

After letting her off Judge Hale added: ‘No teenage lads around for parties or anything like that.’

While a man who sent videos of himself in sexual poses and masturbating to paedophile hunters believing he was speaking to a 13 year-old girl also escaped jail in Judge Hale’s courtroom.

Danny John Byrne, 23, of Wrexham was found guilty on June 1 last year of ten offences, including three charges of making indecent photographs and five of attempting to cause a child to engage in sexual activity.  

Sentencing Byrne to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, Judge Hale said: ‘You have no business talking to a 13 year-old girl, someone you thought was a 13 year-old girl.

‘You have no business looking at porn – people having sex with animals. You must be quite afraid of going to prison.

‘Are you afraid of it? You should be – you would have a very hard time in there.

‘I am suspending sentence today but you have it in mind that if you do anything like this again you will go to prison. You must never do anything like this again.’ 

 

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