Watford man, Sharriff Dacres, cleared of drugs charge

Watford man cleared of drugs charge

Watford man cleared of drugs charge

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A teenager from Watford has been cleared of being a drug dealer after a jury accepted his case that he was acting under duress.

Sharriff Dacres, now 19, was a passenger in a car stopped in Longspring, Watford, on August 30, 2012. When he was searched, he was found with a bag that contained drugs with a street value of £3,240, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor James McLernon said there were 16 individual wraps of cocaine and 67 of heroin that were ready to be supplied along with scales and a razor blade, three mobile phones, three SIM cards and £152.04p in cash.

Mr Dacres of North Western Avenue, Watford, pleaded not guilty to possessing 21.788g of heroin with intent to supply and 28.06g of cocaine with intent to supply.

Giving evidence, Mr Dacres told the jury of five men and seven women that in 2012 he was living with friends before going to Herts Young Homeless and being housed in a hostel in Rickmansworth Road, Watford.

He said he was 16 when he started taking drugs. "The drugs were highly addictive," he said. In April 2011 he received a police warning for possessing heroin.

After a friend lost drugs belonging to a gang he said he and other friends were targeted by dealers and one was stabbed in the thigh.

On the day he was arrested he said he was walking in Watford when gang members drove up. He said he ran down an alley but was caught and was given a bag. He said he was told to look after it and wait for a call.

He was cleared by the jury after four hours and 55 minutes' deliberation on Tuesday.

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12:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

pepsiman says...

You couldn't make it up could you??????????? The gullible courts let the police down yet again
You couldn't make it up could you??????????? The gullible courts let the police down yet again pepsiman
  • Score: 7

2:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Hairy Hornet says...

pepsiman wrote:
You couldn't make it up could you??????????? The gullible courts let the police down yet again
Its the jury that decides! Members of the public. Wouldnt describe them as "the courts".
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: You couldn't make it up could you??????????? The gullible courts let the police down yet again[/p][/quote]Its the jury that decides! Members of the public. Wouldnt describe them as "the courts". Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Dafer says...

retrial with a less gullible jury please..
retrial with a less gullible jury please.. Dafer
  • Score: -1

3:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

Dafer wrote:
retrial with a less gullible jury please..
Yeah fark the centuries of British justice. Let's go for Taliban rule.
[quote][p][bold]Dafer[/bold] wrote: retrial with a less gullible jury please..[/p][/quote]Yeah fark the centuries of British justice. Let's go for Taliban rule. CaptainPC
  • Score: 3

12:17am Thu 13 Feb 14

LSC says...

We have to assume he is innocent of the charge. But it proves once again that if you get mixed up with the drug trade, in any way, shape or form, you are just asking for trouble.
We have to assume he is innocent of the charge. But it proves once again that if you get mixed up with the drug trade, in any way, shape or form, you are just asking for trouble. LSC
  • Score: 4

1:19am Fri 14 Feb 14

Honest Rog says...

Yeah right, you couldn't make it up eh? "gullible court"? "gullible jury"?
This young guy was found NOT GUILTY by a jury of his peers who were privy to all the evidence. Get over it!
Predictably, the mere mention of drugs in any article gets the swivel-eyed salivating like Pavlov's dog barking "string 'em up".
This case shows British justice at it's best, not because the "bad guy" got off but because it shows that the verdict was returned after seeing the big picture, much to the chagrin of those carrying out the already lost "war on drugs".
Yeah right, you couldn't make it up eh? "gullible court"? "gullible jury"? This young guy was found NOT GUILTY by a jury of his peers who were privy to all the evidence. Get over it! Predictably, the mere mention of drugs in any article gets the swivel-eyed salivating like Pavlov's dog barking "string 'em up". This case shows British justice at it's best, not because the "bad guy" got off but because it shows that the verdict was returned after seeing the big picture, much to the chagrin of those carrying out the already lost "war on drugs". Honest Rog
  • Score: 1

11:11am Sat 15 Feb 14

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