Raging drug addict caught selling heroin begs judge to send him to jail
Devon Live June 2019
Heroin dealer David Hensman asked judge to jail him (Image: Devon and Cornwall Police)
A self-confessed raging drug addict asked to be sent to jail after he was caught dealing heroin in a Devon town.
Chronic user David Hensman, aged 33, was caught red-handed by police selling the drug in Kingsbridge, a court heard.
A judge was considering an order to tackle his habit — but he demanded to be put behind bars.
Hensman, speaking from the dock of Plymouth Crown Court, said: “I am a raging drug addict. My lifestyle is chaotic. I cannot see me sorting myself out.
“I just feel that it is the way to go (prison). I want to go away and sort my head out. I am ready to make a change.”
Jailing him for two years, Judge Robert Linford told him: “Given the position you adopt, which is entirely understandable, I do as you ask.
“I do so with a heavy heart, you are clearly an intelligent man and you have something to offer.”
Hensman, of Well House Gardens in Kingsbridge, may well have gone to jail anyway — the usual destination for Class A drug dealers.
But Judge Linford asked him whether he would undergo a court order to treat and test his addiction, which prompted his response from the dock.
Hensman pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply on June 20 last year.
He also admitted possession of small amounts of cocaine and cannabis for personal use.
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