Woman who had crack cocaine is spared jail so she can receive support

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A WOMAN has been spared jail despite being caught with drugs four months after receiving a suspended sentence for dealing.

Gemma Brady threw amphetamine and cannabis out of a window during a raid by police at her home in Thorndyke Avenue, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, on July 25 last year, prosecutor Emma Atkinson told Teesside Crown Court.

The 27-year-old had previously been sentenced in March to nine months jail, suspended for two years, after she was convicted of possessing crack cocaine and diamorphine with intent to supply.

Brady's barrister Paul Abrahams claimed she no longer took drugs and the best way to deal with her was to further work with her in the community, rather than immediately jailing her.

Judge Tony Briggs agreed, saying she would not receive support if imprisoned and then released.

He suspended a six month jail sentence on her for two years and said she would be supervised for a year.

Brady, who admitted possession of amphetamine and cannabis, was also ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work.

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