Leeds Prison inmate to donate kidney to sister
A prisoner at Armley jail is to donate a kidney to his sister while serving a sentence for dealing drugs.
A court heard Wasim Javed has volunteered to undergo surgery to help his sister who is suffering from cancer.
Javed’s lawyer told Leeds Crown Court of the medical plans during mitigation after he was caught dealing around £10,000 worth of Class A and B drugs from his home.
Javed, 23, is expected to donate the kidney to his younger sibling towards the end of this year after she has completed radiotherapy.
Barrister Rodney Ferm said it was hoped the operation would reduce the chance of her body rejecting a kidney.
Javed was jailed for three years after the court heard West Yorkshire Police executed a search warrant at his home on Pinderfields Road, Wakefield, on December 2 last year.
Officers went into Javed’s bedroom and found blocks of crack cocaine and heroin, skunk cannabis and cannabis resin.
They then discovered a blue plastic bag containing over £7,000 worth of mkat. That total value of drugs and cash seized from the property was £10,212.
Javed later told police that he had begun dealing drugs after had been threatened by dealers he owed money to.
He told them his jaw had been broken in a previous attack by the same criminals.
Javed pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and mkat with intent to supply.
Javed has other drug dealing convictions dating back to 2011 when he was aged 18.
Mr Ferm said that Javed, who appeared in court via a video link from Armley jail, was ashamed of what he had done but was supported in court by family members.
He said Javed had fled the country to Pakistan after his previous conviction but he was forced to return to the UK and then severely beaten by those he owed money to.
He returned to selling the drug in order to pay of the debt he had built up due to his addiction to crack cocaine.
Mr Ferm said: “His younger sister has cancer of the kidney. She will need a donor. Radiotherapy has taken its course and will reduce the tumour as far as possible to allow surgery.
“This young man has volunteered to provide a kidney. It would mean that risk of rejection could be minimised as far as possible.
“It is only right that the court should hear of his wish to take a really drastic step to help out.”
Javed was jailed for three years.
Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “Your family are here. They are loving and supportive. Your younger sister has the comfort of knowing that you are prepared to donate a kidney.
“I am told that you are ashamed of what you have done - so you should be.”