Top judges slash sentence for man caught with £4,000 drugs package

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A MAN who was caught with a £4,000 package of drugs has had his prison sentence slashed by a third.

Peter Stead initially avoided jail when he was given a suspended sentence in July last year for possessing the drugs.

But the 29-year-old, of High Street East, Sunderland, was behind bars in March after breaching the order by assaulting two men in a late-night scuffle.

He was sentenced to a total of 18 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and breaching the suspended sentence.

Yesterday, two top judges said the sentence should be cut to 12 months because Stead had completed some of the rehabilitation drugs work he had been told to do last year.

The court heard Stead was caught last June when police stopped a car in which he was travelling and found more than £4,000-worth of drugs.

He said he had picked up the package from another man and, when the man’s home was searched, more than £2,000 worth of amphetamine was found.

Stead was given a suspended sentence, but breached it when he waded into a violent clash between two women and two men, hitting both men.

His lawyers successfully argued before Mr Justice Owen and Mr Justice Griffith Williams, at London’s Court of Appeal, that the nine-month portion of his punishment relating to breaching the suspended sentence was too tough on him.