Judge's suspicions over man who gave boy drug

Published date: 13 January 2014 |
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A JUDGE has told a man he had strong suspicions he intended to drug a teenager with the intention of abusing him in some way.

Gerard Duffy admitted supplying a class “C” drug and was jailed for six months.

Two teenagers waiting for a bus got chatting to the 50-year-old defendant who told them he was a drug dealer and gave them a tablet to “get high”.

Duffy had a record of drug offences and of a serious sexual offence against a male, Mold Crown Court heard.

Jayne La Grua, prosecuting, said Duffy had met the 15-year-old teenager and his friend, a 16-year-old girl, at a bus stop in Corwen last July.

The boy had been interested in the man’s tattoos which he said he had acquired in prison.

He told the boy he was a drug dealer and had cannabis plants at home and invited them back to his home to get high with him.

Duffy gave both teenagers a tablet which he said would make them high and accompanied the boy into a public toilet to get water to take the tablet. The girl did not take a tablet.

They got on the bus and the boy gave Duffy his mobile telephone number before Duffy got off the bus in Llangollen.

Duffy later rang the number several times trying to get the boy to go to his home.

The next day in Llangollen Duffy, of Sun Terrace, Glyndyfrdwy, again met the two teenagers and bought them alcohol.

He was seen by a community police officer who warned Duffy he should stay away from the teenagers.

Both teenagers were invited to Duffy’s house. Miss La Grua said although it was not part of any charge it seemed likely that the boy had again taken some prescribed medication while at Duffy’s house.

The girl was concerned and had gone outside and used a mobile to ring the boy’s mother to alert her to what was going on. The mother then arrived at Duffy’s house to collect her son who became violent and aggressive in the car.

The mother became so concerned about his health she called at a police station and an ambulance took the teenager to Wrexham Hospital where he was kept overnight. Medical tests showed he had librium in his system.

When interviewed Duffy said he had given the boy a pill on July 10 but did not know it was illegal to give a prescribed drug to someone and he did not know how old the boy was.

Ceri Evans, defending, said Duffy had pleaded guilty straight away and stressed he was charged with only one offence of supplying one tablet.

“He has a considerable history of alcohol abuse and mental health issues but he has been making real changes to his life,” she said.

Judge Parry said: “It needs to be understood that this is no ordinary case of supplying a class C drug. It has to be seen in the context of a 50-year-old man with an appalling antecedent history, including three drugs offences, albeit not supplying, and a serious sex offence against a male, who approaches two very young people.

“You gave a 15-year-old a drug and accompanied him into a toilet to assist him to take it. You persisted in your interest in this boy, you had his telephone number and you rang him and met him the following day.

“Despite being warned by a community police officer you persuaded him and the 16-year-old girl to go to your home. They were nervous and under pressure, not knowing your intentions and you saying ‘I can be your best friend or your worst enemy’.”

The boy had suffered an adverse reaction to what he had taken the day before.

“I have very strong suspicions your intention was to drug that young male with a view to abusing him in some way,” Judge Parry told him.

The judge said Duffy had shown “manipulative behaviour” against a vulnerable teenager.

He said he took account of the fact he had no history of supplying drugs.

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