Defendant spared custodial sentence after drug dealing trial

June 28, 2017

Jane Greenhalgh from Exchange Chambers has represented Kady Dodd, 27, who has been spared an immediate custodial sentence after pleading guilty to allowing her home to be used for the supply of a psychoactive substance.

Defending Dodd, Jane Greenhalgh said she had ‘acquiesced’ to her husband’s dealing when she was ‘feeling the pressure’ of looking after five children.

Dodd was given a 14-week sentence, suspended for a year, with a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

Her husband, Nicholas Dodd, 29, was caught dealing in Piccadilly Gardens last December, but given a suspended sentence earlier this year after telling the court he had five children – four of his own and one of Kady’s – to look after.

But, straight after being spared jail, Dodd went back to selling Spice – this time in the Oldham area.

Police found 70g of the drug in a dawn raid at the home at Hillside Avenue, Oldham, on April 26. Four of the children were present in bedrooms at the time, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Officers learnt that Kady Dodd manned the phone and passed orders to her husband. Debtors lists, scales and snap bags used by Dodd for the business were all recovered from the property.

Nicholas Dodd was jailed for three years after admitting being concerned in the supply of a psychoactive substance, possessing cannabis and breaching a suspended sentence.