A DRUG dealer who was given a chance to go straight has been jailed after he repeatedly failed to turn up for his community service.
Ryan Kharoubi was given a suspended sentence and told to do 100 hours of unpaid work after he admitted dealing cannabis.
He was caught after police saw him acting suspiciously in Somers Road, Somers Town.
When the officers went to talk to the 20-year-old he ran off, dropping 247 grams of cannabis resin, worth £700, and 248 grams of herbal cannabis.
They caught him and he initially denied having anything to do with the drugs. But when his fingerprints were found on the wrappers he eventually owned up.
Unemployed Kharoubi, of Blossom Square, Portsea, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court in December for two counts of possessing the class B drug with an intent to supply.
But Kharoubi, who has a previous conviction for assault, failed to carry out his unpaid work three times in March and was brought back before the court.
Edward Franklin, defending, tried to persuade the judge to give him another chance.
‘He is not someone who is willfully flying in the face of the court order,’ he said.
‘He is someone who lacked judgement and he is now willing to comply.’
Mr Franklin said Kharoubi had failed to turn up for his unpaid work because he was working at Pompey Stand Up, the cafe at The Hard, in Portsea – a job he has since lost.
But Judge Ian Pearson jailed him for 20 weeks for ignoring the order.
He said: ‘You have not carried out that work and no doubt it was made clear to you that any breach would be viewed severely.
‘You chose to work on those occasions rather than carry out unpaid work. That was entirely wrong.
‘It was stupid and you knew it was stupid.’