Street dealer jailed after witness threat

Jason Jay
Jason Jay
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A THUG caught shoplifting told police he wasn’t bothered about being found stealing as he had a buggy full of cannabis.

Jason Jay was caught taking perfume in Boots in Westbury Mall, Fareham.

But when police detained him he said he knew he would be going to prison for drugs.

Thug Jay, 26, had 40 ‘deal bags’ of cannabis worth £400 under a buggy he was pushing, along with a deal list and £30 in cash.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said: ‘He said he wasn’t bothered about the aftershave and said he’s going to prison for what was under the buggy.’

Jay, of Thrush Walk, Waterlooville, admitted the theft and another shoplifting of razor blades in Wilko, in Waterlooville, on August 11.

He also admitted possession of cannabis, a class B drug, with intent to supply.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Jay had previously assaulted his partner at her flat and was seen by a woman.

He later saw the witness in the street, rushed up towards her and said: ‘I’m going to make sure you drop it, if you don’t I’ll attack you.’

Sentencing judge Ian Pearson jailed him for 29 months in total after Jay further admitted witness intimidation and was re-sentenced for the previous common assault.

Addressing Jay, judge Pearson said: ‘I take the view that you are dishonest, that you are violent, that you have felt immune to any repercussions for your offending and not taken the chances offered to you.

‘I take the view all of these offences are so serious only a custodial sentence may be justified for them.’

The court heard Jay was jailed for 28 months in 2014 after admitting being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin, class A drugs. He received 10 months for the cannabis charge, two months each for the thefts, two months for the assault and 13 months for intimidating the witness.

Howard Barrington-Clark, defending, said: ‘He’s got to grow up, he’s got to man up to all his problems, he’s got to be a husband and a father – that’s down to him.’