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Spennymoor man faces conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to supply

A JUDGE has requested an account for ‘unexplained entries’ in the bank account of a man who faces a conviction for a drug trafficking offence.

Daniel Cheesemond admitted a charge of possession of 12.2g of cocaine with intent to supply the day his case was set down for trial at Durham Crown Court in January.

The 30-year-old defendant, from Swan Walk, Spennymoor, also previously admitted criminal damage to a Mercedes Benz car, both offenses believed to have taken place on June 9, 2020.

Hearings on the sentences listed in the case have been adjourned as Judge Ray Singh investigated ‘unexplained entries’ in the defendant’s bank account, which have come to light.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, said she was awaiting a decision from the Crown if further charges could be brought.

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Lewis Kerr, for the defendant, said at the last hearing that the defense had commissioned a financial expert to carry out a forensic examination of the bank account because it contains around 1,000 transactions over a two-and-a-half-year period.

Judge Singh said he simply asked for an account of why the money was being paid.

“How long does it take for that?”

“The accused must provide explanations.

“The Crown says it’s ‘unexplained credits’.

“I will allow this defendant one last opportunity to give some indications.

“It doesn’t have to be every transaction.

“It may improve the defendant’s case, but it may do the opposite.”

He said if examples of credits were given in court, they should not be “prioritized” by the defense to give a favorable impression.

“I need a general explanation as to why hundreds of individuals, with different names, different amounts, are giving him money.”

Judge Singh adjourned the case for sentencing on April 14 and remanded the accused to remain in custody.

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