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Drug dealer Elliott Omo who asked police for directions in Canterbury is locked up for breaching suspended sentence

By Paul Hooper

A dopey student at the University of Kent got lost as he drove around Canterbury - so he decided to ask police for directions.

But the officer smelled cannabis on Elliott Omo’s breath, and then checks revealed his vehicle was uninsured.

A search of the car unearthed a “large bag” of cannabis, deal bags and three mobile phones showing he had been dealing.

Omo had taken cannabis. Library image.
Omo had taken cannabis. Library image.

He escaped with a suspended jail sentence but was ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.

Now another judge has heard how Omo, of Shipman Avenue, Canterbury has subsequently been kicked off three probation projects for his laziness, poor attitude and accusing one of the managers of being racist.

Probation official Linda Jeacock told how during the past year he had failed to complete the work, claiming he had headaches, stomach ache and fatigue.

He also claimed to be visiting his grandfather, when really, he went on a boozy holiday with pals to Portugal.

Ms Jeacock said in July, Omo was taken to hospital after being found unresponsive at the bottom of a pool.

Judge Heather Norton
Judge Heather Norton

Even then, he used the "near death" experience as an excuse for continuing to avoid his community punishment for peddling drugs.

Now he has admitted breaching the court order after matters came to a head at Shadoxhurst Community Garden near Ashford in November when he was labelled “lazy” after disappearing regularly for between 20 and 30 minutes and found “hiding” in the bathroom ,or sitting around in a van, the court heard.

His lawyer Niall Doherty, in asking for another chance, said Omo denied making accusations of racism or refusing to co-operate.

But the politics and international relations student has now been given a sharp lesson in keeping promises after Judge Heather Norton told him he would now go to a young offender’s institution for two months.

He held his head in his hands as she told him: "Suspended sentences are what they say they are. If you don’t comply with the community order, then to prison you will go."

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