Sunderland boxer who dealt drugs is shown mercy by judge

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A PROMISING boxer has walked free from court after being caught dealing drugs.

Kyle Levitt, who has already had one professional fight, was collared with more than £130 of ketamine at Sunderland’s Glass Spider

The 22-year-old had been detained by door staff who thought he was acting suspiciously in the city centre nightspot, in the early hours of November 13 last year.

When officers arrived they found 12 packets of the drug, a powerful horse tranquilliser which is increasingly being sold on the streets, stashed in his jacket pocket.

When searched at the police station, Levitt had six ecstasy tablets stuffed down his boxer shorts.

In interview he said had been going to a party after the club, and would have distributed the ketamine to buyers there.

“We normally sell it for £20 per bag,” he confessed.

Levitt, of Hamsterley Court, Mill Hill, Sunderland, admitted possession of ketamine with intent to supply on the basis he would have sold to “associates.”

He admitted possession of the ecstasy, and prosecutors accepted it had been for his own use.

Paul Currer, mitigating, said Levitt has changed his views on drugs and alcohol and will not get into trouble again.

Mr Currer added: “He is keen to pursue a career in boxing, so health and physical fitness are important.

“He has already been listed to have one professional fight, which took place in Liverpool.

“His promoter has listed him for four further fights, and if he was to win one he would be taken on by the promoter professionally.”

Judge Roger Thorn sentenced Levitt to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a two-month curfew between 9pm and 7pm and probation service programme requirements.

The judge said: “I accept you want to make the best of your life.

“You have a sport enthusiasm which many people benefit from, not least through camaraderie, self respect and self discipline.

“You have had your warning. There won’t be another, it will be prison next time.”

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