Drug dealer jailed after a year on the run - St Albans

11/11/2013

A drug dealer who leapt from the dock and spent a year on the run after being convicted by a jury was jailed for 6 years 9 months.

Nyron Daley fled from the court room and ran down a flight of stairs. He struggled with two security guards at St Albans Crown Court before escaping into the street.

Daley bumped into a group of children before heading to the back of the Maltings car park in the city.

An alert was put out and he was spotted in a car in St Peter's Street shortly afterwards. When the police stopped the car, Daley got out and ran off.

Prosecutor James Marsland told St Albans Crown Court on Friday, 08 November 2013,  that Daley, from Hemel Hemsptead, escaped on 17 October last year (2012) after a jury had convicted him of two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Herts Police launched a manhunt. They went to nine addresses, contacted family and associates, launched financial checks and put out an appeal on Crimewatch. But there was no sign of Daley until he handed himself into the police on 28 October this year.

At his trial last year the court heard that he and an accomplice were caught at Daley's home with 41.36 grams of crack and 19.6 grams of heroin. They had a street value totaling £4,000. A dealer list, though not in his handwriting, had been found in Daley's room.

Daley, 29, of Royal Court, Hemel appeared back before Judge Stephen Warner to be sentenced for two counts of supplying Class A drugs and for contempt of court, for the escape. He had been jailed for 2 years in 2006 for supplying Class A drugs.

Defence barrister Mark Gatley said "On the day he was convicted he found out his partner was pregnant. He made a spontaneous decision to leap from the dock. The verdict from the jury had not been what he was expecting. He handed himself in and has committed no offences whilst at large.

"He apologises for the distress he caused to those in the court and outside and for the expenses incurred when he got away."

Judge Stephen Warner told him: "You caused alarm to court staff and a group of young children as you made your escape. It was a serious contempt of court."

Refering the drug conviction, the judge said: "Those who deal in Class A drugs can expect a significant custodial sentence. Drugs blight the lives of people who are addicted to them."

He said him for 6 years for the drug offence with a further 9 months for the contempt.

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