Drug dealer too poor to get train for sentencing

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A convicted drug dealer failed to turn up for his sentencing because he was £2 short for his train fare.

Nathan Montford was due to be sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday, where he was facing time in jail.

His barrister Hannah Smith said the 23-year-old had been unable to travel down from his home in east London.

Montford, of Milford Road, Walthamstow, was arrested in Portsmouth on August 23 and found with heroin, cocaine and a CS gas spray.

He had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and one of possessing a prohibited weapon.

Mrs Smith said: 'He was 2 short of his train fare, and they wouldn't allow him on the train.

'Therefore he turned round and went home.

'It's perhaps a lack of insight on his part, rather than a wilful obstruction of court procedures,' she said.

Judge Graham White issued a warrant for Montford's arrest and adjourned the sentencing until January 5.