‘He may be a ladies’ man but he’s no crook’

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THE barrister defending a man accused of being a drug dealer says his defendant might be a ladies’ man but he is no crook.

Austin Stanbury is accused of being a key player in a heroin and crack cocaine network that ran between Portsmouth and London.

The 29-year-old is alleged to have made numerous trips to Portsmouth to supply drugs.

Mr Osman said Stanbury had not come to Portsmouth to sell drugs but had been in the city with women and had also been working at The Jerk Pan, a Caribbean take-away in Fawcett Road, Southsea.

He said questions had been raised about Stanbury’s various relationships in a bid to tarnish his image.

In his closing speech after a two-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, Osman Osman defending, said: ‘There’s no doubt women like him.

‘There’s no doubt he’s fallen for the temptation of women more than once but we are not here to judge his ethics. Leave that to one side.’

Mr Osman said there had been questions raised over the number of children Stanbury has fathered.

He described the Crown’s evidence against Stanbury as coincidence.

Stanbury, of Ilford in Essex, is accused of two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs between November 2009 and August 2010, alongside Jennifer Collins, 25, of Hill Road, Fareham, and Robert Tomney, 42, of Stamshaw Road, Stamshaw. They deny the charges.

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