A Kaikoura man who admitted funding a P dealer escaped a prison term yesterday when he was sentenced in Blenheim District Court.
Ross Minshall Sadler, 21, of Kaikoura, was one of six people arrested after a drug bust in the town in May.
He was sentenced to 10 months' home detention and 180 hours' community work to be carried out in Christchurch. He had earlier admitted charges of conspiring to deal in methamphetamine, offering to sell cannabis and possessing drug utensils.
Judge Tony Zohrab said Sadler was lucky not to be going to prison and warned him not to let his family down.
"They may not think it, but you've been dealt with in a fairly lenient fashion," Judge Zohrab said.
Sadler's defence lawyer, Rennie Gould, told the court Sadler was employed in Christchurch and realised he was lucky not to be going to prison.
Crown prosecutor Bryony Millar said home detention should be imposed.
Judge Zohrab said methamphetamine was a nasty drug and had a significant effect on people.Sadler admitted giving co-accused Kaikoura vineyard worker Desmond Steven Stewart Ngawhare $2000 in March with the expectation of receiving $4000 back a week later.
Judge Zohrab said Sadler knew Ngawhare was dealing methamphetamine and was in it for a quick dollar.
It was also noted Sadler had made regular trips to Christchurch to purchase cannabis and had significant involvement in the supply of cannabis over a regular period of time.
The judge gave Sadler credit for his age and having no previous convictions and acknowledged all the good things people were saying about him, including his employer.
He was ordered to begin home detention immediately.
- The Marlborough Express