Foulridge man loses appeal against drugs sentence

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An autistic Foulridge man caught with a stash of cutting-edge modern street drugs after “acting strangely” in a Lakeland hotel has failed in an appeal against his jail term.

William John Greenwood (26), of Nonya Road, was caught with a hoard of ketamine, meow-meow, downers and class A hallucinogen 4-Aco-Det, after police were called to a hotel in Penrith on October 10th, 2009 due to his bizarre behaviour

Greenwood fled the country while on bail but was arrested after returning to the UK to see his sick mother.

He was jailed for 21 months at Carlisle Crown Court on April 21st this year, having pleaded guilty to possession of ketamine, diazepam, meow-meow and 4-Aco-Det, and possession of meow-meow with intent to supply.

On Friday, he asked Mrs Justice Macur and Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to cut that sentence on appeal, claiming he thought the drugs were legal highs.

The court heard Greenwood, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, was “a regular drug user” and had “a considerable criminal record” despite his affliction.

After his arrest, he fled to Luxembourg and only came back because his mother was ill.

His lawyers pleaded for leniency, claiming he had bought Meow-Meow under the impression it was a legal high and was shocked to have been charged over possessing it.

But Judge Loraine-Smith dismissed his appeal, saying that his record, and the fact that he skipped bail, meant that a 21-month term was “not manifestly excessive or wrong in principle.”