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Mark Buery who received £1 million compensation to go on trial for drug dealing

By Paul Hooper

A man who received in excess of £1 million compensation for a serious injury is to go on trial in September accused of drug dealing.

Mark Buery had lost his leg in an accident in 2008 and was later awarded compensation.

Now the 42 year old, of Canada Road in Walmer, near Deal, has appeared at Canterbury Crown Court and denied possessing cocaine intending to supply the Class A drug.

Canterbury Crown Court
Canterbury Crown Court

He was arrested for failing to show up for a previous court hearing and admitted the bail breach.

Judge Simon James jailed him for seven days for the breach but then remanded him in custody until his two day trial in September.

Buery, who needs crutches to get around, was allowed to sit down for the 10 minute hearing.

He told the judge: “Yes I do admit that (failing to surrender to bail on June 12).

Buery is also charged with possessing cocaine on September 29 last year with intent to supply others and denied that charge but admitted a second charge of possessing a quantity of heroin.

A law firm’s website claimed Buery had been awarded £3m gross after the accident, which happened while he was a JCB telescopic handler on a construction site on St Michael's Drive in Kent.

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