Drug dealing burglary victim jailed - Watford


A drug dealer appeared, wearing only boxer shorts, on his front door step in the pouring rain when police were called to reports of a burglary at his home.

Phillipe Constance, 29, told the officers that he had fled when people tried to break in, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Friday, 15 November 2013.

Prosecutor Sarah Porter said the front door to Constance's then home in St Peter's Close, Watford had been smashed in. The coffee table had also been broken,  the television was on and there was a general mess.

The officers found a £50 note on the table and 9 wraps of cocaine, weighing a total of 4.53 grams. £17,135 was discovered in a shoe box.

The prosecutor said: "The defendant appeared at the front door in his boxer shorts despite the fact it was raining. He said people had tried to break in and he had fled."

When he was arrested he made no comment to the police. In a prepared statement at the police station, Constance said he was not dealing drugs from his home and the money was from the sale of a car and a loan from his girlfriend.

But Constance, now of Woodmere Avenue, Watford, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent in June 2012. He had been jailed for 2 years in November 2005 for supplying drugs.

Defence barrister Mark Fraser said: "He was using drugs and this led to him selling drugs. He has a high level of remorse for his offending and wanted to put it behind him." He said the majority of the money seized was not from drug dealing. In the past Constance had been involved in the music industry, promoting events and acting as DJ.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "You had the good sense to plead guilty when you case was listed for a plea hearing.  The previous prison sentence had not taught you a lesson."

He sentenced him to 40 months jail and ordered that the £17,135, the drugs and drug paraphernalia should be forfeited.

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