Man jailed for selling his methadone - Kempston


A Kempston man appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 15 March 2013, and was jailed for three years after being found guilty of selling his methadone to a woman who died after taking it.

Graham Cox, 41, of Adamson Court, Hillgrounds Road, Kempston, had pleaded not guilty to supplying the methadone to Sharon Thomson, 43, who also lived at Adamson Court, but in a different flat.  However, a jury at Luton Crown Court found him guilty of the offence last month, along with possession of heroin.

The court was told that Cox had collected his weekly prescription, a 500ml bottle of methadone, from a local pharmacy on Tuesday, 22 November 2011.

Although he told police he had tossed the full and unopened bottle away in the communal bins when he got back home, Sharon had told friends that she had bought the methadone from Cox. Friends had seen her drinking from the bottle and it was this bottle that was found on her bedside table on the afternoon of Sunday, 27 November.

Sharon, who had previously used the powerful drug, died in her bed after drinking the methadone some time on the Sunday morning. She was discovered by a volunteer charity worker who was concerned about her and went to check on her in the afternoon.

Cox was arrested the same day, and a search of his flat revealed two wraps of heroin, which he said were not his, and some cannabis, which he admitted was his.

Cox was sentenced to three years imprisonment for supplying the prescribed methadone to Sharon and three months imprisonment for possessing the heroin.  The sentences are to run concurrently. No separate penalty was made for possessing the cannabis.