October 2008

Three more years in jail for paedophile who dealt cocaine

SERVING prisoner Brian Bagnall has been jailed for a further three years after admitting dealing cocaine.

The 43-year-old was jailed earlier this year for five years after being found guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court of sexual offences against a vulnerable 15 year old girl.

Now, at the same court, he has been given an extra three years after admitting possessing 248 grams of cocaine with intent to supply.

Prosecutor Phillip Beardwell said Bagnall, pictured, was stopped by police in his BMW on PorthillBank, Porthill, at 7.20pm on November 1 last year.

Officers searched the car and one noticed a brown package fall from Bagnall’s trouser leg.

Bagnall denied any knowledge of the package, which contained 248 grams of cocaine with a 12 per cent purity and £7,500 street value.

Police searched Bagnall’s house in Tenant Place, Porthill, and found a further two thirds of a gram of cocaine, two electronic scales which contained traces of cocaine, plastic bags and gloves, 8.76 grams of cannabis resin, a dealer’s list and cash.

Bagnall answered no comment to all questions put to him in his first interview.

But he returned to the police station in April and admitted the cannabis resin was for his own personal use. However, he denied all knowledge of the cocaine and suggested the police had planted it.

He admitted possessing cannabis resin at an earlier hearing and admitted the possession of cocaine with intent to supply yesterday.

Anthony Potter, defending, said Bagnall was not a high level commercial dealer.

He said: “He stupidly got into something well above him.”

Judge Paul Glenn said the sentence had to be consecutive to the five-year term as these offences were committed while he was on bail.

He told Bagnall: “You were dealing cocaine, not at a very high level. Cocaine is a highly addictive Class-A drug. Those who deal it must expect prison sentences.”