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Drug exchange Peterlee teacher warned to expect long sentence
A TEACHER has admitted taking part in a £32,000 cocaine deal in the shadow of a North-East landmark.
Michael Andrew Younghusband, 30, and his 28-year-old co-accused, Keith Thomas Brumwell, were yesterday (Friday September 6) told to expect long prison sentences.
Judge Christopher Prince gave the warning after both pleaded ‘guilty’ to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
It follows a transaction in which Brumwell was observed handing a package, subsequently found to contain 744g of cocaine, to Younghusband, in a car park near Penshaw Monument, on Wearside, on Wednesday August 21.
Both were subsequently arrested and a large quantity of cash was recovered by police.
A BMW car belonging to Younghusband, plus Brumwell’s Land Rover, were also seized as part of the operation.
Durham Crown Court heard a further 40g of cocaine was found on Brumwell and in his car, all of which was considered to be for his own use.
A press used in cutting and preparing the drug was also found in a garage linked to his property.
John Gillette, prosecuting, said: "It is difficult at this stage to cast any further light on their roles.
“The Crown would say, however, it was a significant role.”
Martin Scarborough, for Brumwell, said: “I can’t disagree with that.”
But Jane Foley, for Younghusband, said: “I don’t want to say anything about that, at the moment, without knowing what the prosecution case is.”
Both agreed on the category within the recommended guidelines on which they should be sentenced.
Judge Prince said it suggests it should attract sentences ranging from six-and-half to ten years, after a trial.
But he said both would receive “full credit” and maximum discount for their early admissions.
He adjourned sentence for three weeks to allow preparation of background reports on the defendants, by the Probation Service.
Younghusband, of Kingswood, Penshaw, and Brumwell, of Basingstoke Road, Peterlee, were remanded in custody, pending sentence, on Friday September 27.
But the judge told them: “Obviously you will receive custodial sentences. It’s just a case of how long that will be.”
• Following his arrest, Younghusband was suspended from his teaching job at Dene Community School, in Peterlee, on the eve of the new academic term.
Caroline O’Neil, Durham County Council head of education, said: “We can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended.
“All proper processes are being followed.”