Farnley man arrested after cocaine thrown from car in Armley, Leeds Crown Court told

A Farnley man convicted of possessing cocaine after drugs were thrown from a car being followed by police in Armley has been sentenced to a community order.

By Mark Lavery
Sunday, 9th January 2022, 4:45 am
Updated Sunday, 9th January 2022, 11:00 am

Mark Denham was driving a Seat car on Whingate in Armley when police became suspicious.

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Police followed the car onto Albany Street and saw items being thrown through the passenger window.

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Police arrested Mark Denham on Albany Street in Armley, Leeds Crown Court was told. Image: Google

Officers stopped the car to speak to Denham and his passenger during the incident on June 18 2019.

Police recovered a bag that had been thrown from the car and found it contained a number of smaller plastic bags containing a total of 8.5 grammes of cocaine with a street value of more than £300.

Daniel Penman, prosecuting, said Denham, 28, had admitted possessing cocaine but denied possessing the drug with intent to supply.

A jury cleared him of the intent to supply charge, but found him guilty of possession.

Denham, of Dunlop Avenue, Farnley, has four previous convictions for 13 offences including possessing class B drugs with intent to supply and possessing a prohibited weapon.

Deborah Smithies, mitigating, said: "This offence dates back to June 2019. That's a significant delay not of his making.

"The defendant's evidence to the jury was that when he discovered his girlfriend was pregnant he made a decision to stop taking cocaine.

"The defendant is now a new father, his daughter is four months old."

Recorder David Gordon sentenced Denham to a 12 month community order plus 80 hours unpaid work.

Recorder Gordon told him: "It is my hope that perhaps as Miss Smithies suggested, that you are showing some signs of maturity, growing up, and that we won't see you before the court again."

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