Local News & Archive — December 24, 2016 at 9:00 am — Updated: December 24, 2016 at 11:12 am

Rhyl footballer jailed for sentence breaches


North Wales Police

A judge has told a Rhyl woman he was misled after she breached a suspended sentence for drug offences.

Hannah Gibbon was jailed for a year for two breaches. Last March, the 25 year-old pleaded guilty to offering cannabis and cocaine following a police raid at her home on Victoria Road.

Gibbon had been spared immediate custody after Mold Crown Court heard she had been chosen as a goalkeeper for Wales’ ladies squad at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.

But the court heard on Friday that Gibbon had shown no interest in her community order and was verbally abusive to those who tried to offer supervision – she had been ordered to go on a rehabilitation course as part of her original sentence.

Prosecutors said she had eleven previous convictions – and was considered a small scale dealer, mostly concerned with cannabis, but occasionally also cocaine.

The defence said Gibbon’s attitude had been affected by her mental health issues and quite severe ADHD.

Judge Nic Parry told Gibbon that she persuaded him, with the assistance of a witness, that she would be ”playing international football for a team aimed at assisting those with personal difficulties.”

”On that exceptional ground I released you and gave you a wonderful opportunity. But you have thrown that back in the court’s face.”

Gibbon’s sentence was reduced from two years to twelve months as she had already carried out some unpaid work – under the original sentence, she must carry out 300 hours.



Source: Daily Post

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