Italian chef arrested over cannabis ‘was testing new flavours’

We’ll ignore the fact that calling a Sicilian “Italian” is like calling a Scot “English” ….

 

 

 

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Image copyright Carabinieri Catania Image caption Police found two large cannabis plants and Indian hemp at Carmelo Chiaramonte’s home

A Sicilian TV chef has been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing after police found cannabis at his home, Italian media report.

Carmelo Chiaramonte was caught in possession of two large marijuana plants and 1kg (35oz) of Indian hemp, police said.

Cannabis-infused wine, olives, coffee and tuna were also seized from his home near Catania in eastern Sicily.

The chef reportedly told police he was researching “new flavours”.

Mr Chiaramonte described himself as an “agro-food consultant for third millennium cuisine”, Italian newspaper La Sicilia reported.

The 50-year-old chef, who lives in the village of Trecastagni, at the foot of Mount Etna, has been released pending trial.

Known as a connoisseur of Sicilian cuisine, Mr Chiaramonte is a chef at the Katane Palace Hotel restaurant in Catania.

Mr Chiaramonte cooks according to the “aromatic nuances” and “the taste of the Mediterranean peoples”, according to his website.

He hosted a TV cooking programme about “the history of produce and the tradition of Sicilian agriculture”, La Sicilia reported.

One of his shows was called Immoral Recipes and Aphrodisiac Foods, the newspaper said.

 

The man holding a ‘celebration of cannabis’ in Glastonbury to raise awareness of the ‘most beneficial plant on the planet’

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The man holding a ‘celebration of cannabis’ in Glastonbury to raise awareness of the ‘most beneficial plant on the planet’

 

The cannabis activist has changed his name to Free Cannabis

 

Free Cannabis, owner of Hemp in Avalon

 

A pop-up event is due to be held in Glastonbury today where cannabis infused products will be on offer for free, as a “celebration of cannabis.”

There will be hash cakes and truffles (for adults), and ‘Hemp Aid’ – a CBD and THC oil blend. 

There will also be “hempoetry” – hemp-themed poetry, cannabis inspired music and talks explaining cannabis prohibition.

The event, organised by Free Cannabis, is due to be taking place today at Market Place, Glastonbury.

The “cannabis activist” and owner of Hemp In Avalon in Glastonbury, say he is “on a mission is to raise awareness about the most healing, beneficial plant on the face of the planet.”

Free Cannabis, who changed his name legally to make a statement against the “crime of cannabis prohibition,” ran his first Hemp-Aid pop-up cannabis dispensary in 2017.

 

 

The Hemp-Aid pop-up event takes place Saturday, September 28

 

However, he says he has been publicly and openly sharing free cannabis for 23 years.

Mr Cannabis says between 1997 and 2002 he was involved in five court cases and three prison sentences, “back in the day” when he was “being a bit too cheeky.”

He said: “Am I committing a crime? I don’t think so.

“I feel I will be left alone because I’m far too eloquent – I’ve learnt a lot about the nature of law.”

Mr Cannabis says he has never received any backlash during the pop-up events.

He said: “I’ve never had any negative comeback whatsoever from holding any event.

“Times have changed. The world is waking up.

“It’s time for cannabis.”

 

Hemp in Avalon, Market Place, Glastonbury

 

Mr Cannabis says he has been “blown away by the feedback” he received following previous events.

He claims that at a pop-up in 2017, he sold CBD extract to a wheelchair bound woman and within an hour of taking it, she was “standing up for the first time in three years.”

“However, this was when I had much more potent CBD extracts available, almost double the strength of what I’ll be handing out,” he said.

Free’s long term goal is to purchase a premises to hold a more permanent dispensary.

He said: “I don’t want to be doing these Hemp Aid pop ups, I want to live in a society where cannabis is growing in people’s gardens.

He currently has “about 10 or so” cannabis plants in his garden but plans to expand.

 

 

 

 

Free Cannabis, owner of Hemp in Avalon

 

Ideally I am looking for funds for several acres of land, a farmhouse, and outbuildings to process flowers into balanced extracts.”

Free is passionate about his belief in the healing properties of cannabis and says cannabis in its natural form is “very safe when administered carefully.”

However, he stressed that he does not provide any prescriptions or give medical advice.

“What I find most challenging is people unloading their problems and expecting me to diagnose and treat them.

He has a disclaimer on his counter stating that he is not a doctor and is not willing or able to give advice on medical conditions.

 

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/man-holding-celebration-cannabis-glastonbury-3368903

 

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Bradford resident says neighbouring cannabis farm doesn’t pass smell test

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Bradford resident says neighbouring cannabis farm doesn’t pass smell test

 

‘I am one of those unusual people that reacts differently with the smell of cannabis and I have a heightened smell, which makes it worse’

 

At a recent Bradford West Gwillimbury town council meeting, resident Deborah Salmons spoke about an issue she and her husband are facing: the less-than-sweet odour of the crop growing on the farm next door.

A cannabis crop. 

 

Six years ago, the couple elected to move to the Bradford area after her husband suffered a brain aneurysm. They were looking for a location that combined urban and rural ⁠— away from the smog, smoke and perfumes that could trigger an aneurysm, but close enough to a hospital in case of emergency.

“It was a really good fit for us to move the Bradford,” Salmons said. “You’re not far from the town and you’re not totally isolated.” 

They decided to rent a farmhouse, surrounded by onions and carrots on Fraser Street in the Holland Marsh. 

“I love being around nature,” she said. 

 

The couple enjoyed living in the area, until six months ago when a new farmer moved in down the road and started growing marijuana. 

The odour has made Salmons ill every morning and she’s worried about the impact the crop will have on other residents and their health. 

“I am one of those unusual people that reacts differently with the smell of cannabis and I have a heightened smell, which makes it worse,” she told councillors.

Salmons said she has made calls to both Health Canada and police, and was told there was nothing she could do as the farm is growing the crop legally.

Both agencies told her to contact the town’s bylaw office. 

 

“There is no bylaw in place right now. Why is that?” Salmons asked council.

She pointed to the restrictions surrounding the cannabis operation at the corner of Reagens Industrial Parkway and Line 8, restrictions which not only govern security, but the escape of odours. 

 

 

Salmons asked council to take action, sooner rather than later.

“When I look at cannabis as whole, medically I totally get it, but overall, it could be a hindrance if it’s not regulated right,” she said, expressing her concerns over the long-term effects of living next to a farm growing the crop, not only for herself and her husband, but for young children in the area as well.

Mayor Rob Keffer said the town has receieved emails about the situation.

“This is a concern to us,” Keffer said.
 
CAO Geoff McKnight noted staff have already been requested to look at controls for the Holland Marsh.

“We anticipate that, sometime later this fall, we’ll have additional research,” McKnight said with respect to other municipalities’ “implementable policies” that will be brought to council’s attention.

Staff will review the town’s current Official Plan and zoning policies that apply to cannabis production, McKnight added. That includes examining the regulatory approaches taken by other municipalities, determining the extent of the town’s authority to manage cannabis production within provincial and federal legislation, and then provide council with recommendations that could range from status quo to prohibition.

“The research should be completed this fall with recommendations presented to council early in the new year,” said McKnight. 

The potential problem had been identified as early as this spring. A report from May 2019 by Ryan Windle, the town’s manager of community planning, carried a warning. 

“Because such facilities are limited to less than 200 square metres, they can operate on relatively small properties that are potentially located among or close to clusters of residences and other sensitive land uses,” the report stated. 

 

 

https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/bradford-resident-says-neighbouring-cannabis-farm-doesnt-pass-smell-test-1715049

 

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Meghan Markle’s half-naked nephew arrested ‘walking streets while high on drugs’

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Meghan Markle’s half-naked nephew arrested ‘walking streets while high on drugs’

 

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Thomas Dooley – the son of Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Markle Jr – was wearing only a towel and ‘shouting gibberish’ in the streets of Hollywood, according to US media

 

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Meghan Markle’s nephew was arrested after allegedly being found wandering the Hollywood streets wearing only a towel.

Thomas Dooley, the son of the Duchess of Sussex’s half-brother, Thomas Markle Jr, was arrested on a felony charge on Thursday, according to US media.

Passersby told police that Mr Dooley was walking down a street while shouting gibberish, according to police sources.

The 28-year-old is said to have been seen wearing only a small towel wrapped around his waist.

When officers approached him, he reportedly attempted to evade capture, eventually being forced to the ground and subdued, TMZ reports.

 

Under normal circumstances, Mr Dooley would have been charged with a misdemeanor.

But because an officer injured his knee during the arrest, it was “bumped up” to felony resisting arrest.  

Mr Dooley was said to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest – although nothing is known of the type of drug, TMZ reported.

Mr Dooley’s brother, Tyler, operates a cannabis farm and business.

 

Launching in 2018 with a potent strain of weed called ‘Markle Sparkle’, he has recently developed a hybrid cannabis strain called ‘Archie Sparkie’, reportedly named after the Duke and Duchess’s son, Archie .

Mr Dooley is currently being held on $25,000 bail, according to jail records.

 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/meghan-markles-half-naked-nephew-20320958

 

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Northern Ireland children “are dying in the street” thanks to drugs trade, judge warns

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Northern Ireland children “are dying in the street” thanks to drugs trade, judge warns

 

Cocaine and cannabis were intercepted in the post

 

Northern Ireland’s children “are dying in the street” thanks to the drugs trade, a judge warned yesterday as she sentenced two men for narcotics offences.

The comment was made as the pair appeared at Belfast Crown Court after being arrested as they got off a ferry from Scotland in 2015.

Judge Patricia Smyth told Daniel Raymond Dunlop and Rory O’Connor “it is because of people knowingly involving themselves in the drugs trade that our children are dying in the street”.

Dunlop, 32, O’Connor and a third man who was not before the court travelled to Scotland on the Stena ferry on October 30, 2015. The third man, 42-year old Samuel Boyd, will be sentenced next week.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Dunlop and Boyd travelled to Scotland to arrange the supply of cocaine and cannabis to Northern Ireland, while O’Connor, 27, played a “lesser” role in the operation by encouraging or assisting Dunlop and Boyd in a number of drugs offences.

 

 

Whilst in Scotland, the trio travelled to Glasgow, where Dunlop and Boyd involved themselves in posting two packages containing drugs to an address in Northern Ireland.

One package contained 117 grams of cocaine with an 8% purity, while the second contained 966 grams of herbal cannabis. Both packages were subsequently intercepted, while the car with all three men on board was stopped on their return journey later that day at the ferry terminal in Belfast.

Following an investigation it emerged that Boyd was linked to a Post Office in Glasgow via CCTV, while Dunlop’s phone was examined and provided evidence involving drugs.

While Boyd and Dunlop both pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs, O’Connor admitted a charge of encouraging or assisting offenders.

During yesterday’s sentencing, Judge Smyth told O’Connor, from Lynn Doyle Place in Downpatrick, his guilty plea indicated he knew the other two were travelling to Scotland for drugs, and that his presence in the car assisted by making it look like “a group of males innocently out for the day”.

 

 

She added: “The prosecution accept you didn’t receive benefits for having travelled to Scotland.”

Judge Smyth addressed Dunlop first, and said she was going to reduce his sentence for two reasons – the time it has taken the case to come to court, and the fact he has made “significant progress in terms of rehabilitation”.

The Judge told the father of one, from Great Victoria Street in Belfast, that whilst he had abused drugs from his early teens and had been the subject of paramilitary attacks, she accepted he has sought help and had engaged positively with Addictions NI.

Judge Smyth handed Dunlop a 20-month sentence which will be divided between ten months in custody and ten months on licence, and told him “if your rehabilitation is genuine, you will be a role model for other prisoners”.

 

 

Turning to O’Connor, she told him whilst there was “no doubt you knowingly took part in this drugs operations … and you knew exactly what assistance you would be giving to this commercial drugs operation”, his role was a lesser one. He was handed a 12-month sentence, which was suspended for three years.

 

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/northern-ireland-children-are-dying-16996276

 

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Black market cannabis vapes from China found to contain cyanide

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Black market cannabis vapes from China found to contain cyanide

 

 

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It is thought the illicit vape cartridges are being imported from China

 

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Cannabis vape pens sold by unlicensed dealers have been found to contain hydrogen cyanide and other chemicals which cause lung damage.

Out of 15 pens bought from unlicensed dealers in a science experiment, 13 contained Vitamin E — which causes lung damage when inhaled.

The same number contained a fungicide called Myclobutanil which can turn into hydrogen cyanide when heated.

Myclobutanil is banned in Canada, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon for the production of medical and recreational marijuana.

Meanwhile, three cartridges were bought from legal dispensaries in California — and those didn’t contain the dangerous compounds.

 

CannaSafe, a company which provides quality control for the cannabis industry, carried out the tests in its science labs.

“You certainly don’t want to be smoking cyanide,” Antonio Frazier, the vice president of operations at CannaSafe told NBC News.

“I don’t think anyone would buy a cart that was labeled hydrogen cyanide on it.”

David Downs, a bureau chief for Leafly, a website about cannabis, said black market vapes were being imported into the US from China.

He told NBC News: “This all starts in China where you can get the empty cartridges both for the THC market and the nicotine market, as well as the additives, flavourings, and thickeners that are being put into these cartridges alongside the THC oil.”

The death toll across the United States from vaping-related illnesses has risen to 13, although there is no suggestion any of these are linked to black market cartridges.

 

A man with a heavy vaping habit died this week from a lung disease that resembles a rare form of pneumonia.

Other teens have had lucky escapes.

Maddie Nelson, 18, was put in a medically-induced coma after suffering from lung inflammation linked to her tobacco vaping habit.

Anthony Mayo, 19, who thought using flavoured tobacco vape was safe, was lucky to be alive after his lungs were shown to smothered in solidified vaping oil in shocking pictures.

The world’s first vaping death was confirmed in August.

When the fifth person died , officials urged e-cigs users to stop vaping.

 

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/black-market-cannabis-vapes-china-20321313

 

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Kids with epilepsy are the victims of the UK’s medical cannabis stalemate

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Kids with epilepsy are the victims of the UK’s medical cannabis stalemate

 

London (CNN)Epileptic children in the UK are suffering without cannabis medicines due to bureaucratic deadlock within the nation’s health service, their families and campaigners say.

In a review published August 8, the NHS admitted it had issued “fewer than 10” prescriptions since a change in the law in 2018 that was intended to make cannabis-based products available to patients who could benefit. Doctors have been cautious about prescribing given a lack of official guidance and a lack of empirical data on long-term effects.

Doctors in the UK are currently tied to interim guidelines authored last year by the Royal College of Physicians and the British Paediatric Neurology Association, which emphasize the lack of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for medicinal cannabis — something that was impossible while the drug was prohibited from medicinal use.
Approximately one in every 200 children born in the UK will be diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological condition causing seizures or fits in which erratic bursts of electrical activity impact the brain, according to the Epilepsy Society. Almost a third endure refractory epilepsy, meaning typical pharmaceutical drugs have little effect in reducing the instances or frequency of seizures.
Cannabis, however, has shown efficacy in treating the condition. One of its principle compounds, Cannabidiol (CBD) has garnered compelling scientific evidence to support its use in treating the least forgiving forms of childhood epilepsy.

“Expectations were raised that these products would become widely available,” wrote the UK government’s Health and Social Care Committee in a July report. “There needs to be far clearer communication that this is not the case.”
Adding to the frustration to families who think their kids could benefit from such drugs, the UK is the world’s largest producer and exporter of medical cannabis, according to the International Narcotics Control Board.

 

We have to fight the system’

Hannah Deacon, ambassador of End Our Pain, a collective of families campaigning for better access to medical cannabis, told CNN that families like hers were struggling; many felt they had no choice but to seek out cannabis medicines on the black market.
Deacon’s son Alfie suffers with a rare form of epilepsy that once caused him up to 150 seizures a month.

 

Alfie Dingley watches a video on a tablet as his parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon prepare lunch at their home on January 13, 2019 in Kenilworth, England.

 

Alfie Dingley watches a video on a tablet as his parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon prepare lunch at their home on January 13, 2019 in Kenilworth, England.
After her son Alfie, now 7, spent a month in intensive care in July 2017, she asked his neurologist for an alternative to the powerful steroids with which Alfie was administered during intense bouts of seizing.

“I said to him at that point, what about using medical cannabis if we go abroad and try it?
“His words were to me: ‘you have no choice.'”

Deacon traveled to the Netherlands, where a pediatric neurologist in the Hague prescribed Alfie Bedrolite, a CBD extract produced by Bedrocan, the government-regulated supplier to Dutch pharmacies. Deacon knows several other families who were forced to do the same — even though it’s a criminal offense to bring the drug into the UK without a license.
But Deacon has no regrets. Her son’s seizures have since stopped completely.

“We should be helped, but we have to fight the system. We’re fighting the establishment. We’re fighting the doctors. We’re doing media, trying to push our stories forward, and it’s wrong. We shouldn’t have to do it. I mean, if I hadn’t done it, my son wouldn’t be here.”

 

lmarie Braun at home with her son Eddie.

 

 

‘We felt desperate’

Ilmarie Braun also took her epileptic son Eddie to the Netherlands to get a prescription for Bedrolite that they had to bring back illegally.
“It’s something that, if you had asked me three years ago, I would have never considered,” she said.
Eddie, now four years old, was born functionally blind due to peculiarities in his brain, and started seizing after seven months.
“We tried everything that was recommended, the normal treatments,” she recalled. “He was assessed for brain surgery, a hemispherectomy where, had he qualified, they would have literally cut his brain in half.”

Braun is relieved to have pursued cannabis products instead. The frequency of Eddie’s seizures has slowed, and he now sleeps through the night. The family has subsequently weaned him off all pharmaceutical drugs.
“We didn’t start CBD until a year after his diagnosis, when it was obvious nothing else was working, and we felt desperate.”
Curtailing Eddie’s seizures with CBD costs the family £2,000 ($2,480) per month for repeat private prescriptions. Like other families in their predicament, they rely on fundraising through friends and family, the internet and local community.

 

Barriers

The government review published in August into the barriers to prescribing and accessing cannabis products recommended a variety of steps to combat the apparent impasse.
While consistency of product and cost-effectiveness were both highlighted as potential barriers, the “vast majority” of clinicians interviewed for the report suggested a lack of data demonstrating adequate safety presented the “major hurdle to prescribing.”

In the case of treatment-resistant epilepsy, however, the report recommended a new approach: first, “support one or more randomized control trials”, but also “determine an appropriate alternative study design that will enable evidence generation for those patients who cannot be enrolled into a standard RCT.”
“A UK-wide paediatric specialist network should be established to provide specialist clinical expertise,” the report concluded, to “support discussion of complex cases, provide support to clinicians and to assist in evidence generation.”

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration last year approved Epidiolex, a drug derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy. However, the NHS does not currently recommend it even though the European Medicines Agency has approved its use in the UK.

 

Cautious welcome

Welcomed among the parents contacted by CNN as a signal of positive change, the report urges that these alternative studies ought to commence “as soon as possible.”
Former government drugs advisor and Head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, Professor David Nutt said that authorities need to “learn from the parents who have gone overseas to find experts to treat their children and have seen remarkable outcomes.”

 

Deacon agrees the best way to break the cannabis stalemate gripping the healthcare system is by accepting other forms of data.
“Cannabis should be treated as an exceptional medicine. It doesn’t fit within a pharmaceutical mold.”
“Look at observational trials. Look at anecdotal data. Look at other countries that have been using it for years.”
“It’s not a one-size-fits-all medication. It’s an individualized medicine, and until clinicians and, to some extent, the government understand that, I fear we won’t move forward.”

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/28/health/uk-medical-cannabis-stalemate-intl-gbr/index.html

 

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Voodoo worshipper on skunk who stabbed his fiance in the head blamed ‘a spell’

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Voodoo worshipper on skunk who stabbed his fiance in the head blamed ‘a spell’

 

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A voodoo worshipper who claimed he was under a spell when he stabbed his fiance in her head has been jailed.

Cannabis user Andrew Hunye, 33, almost killed Tessie Adeyemi when he attacked her with a kitchen knife after he had been smoking skunk at the couple’s home in Chadwell Heath, east London.

Wood Green Crown Court heard the victim heard him shouting at himself in the kitchen where she found him lying naked on the floor “speaking in tongues”.

He stood up, pointed at the ceiling, then gestured at her and said “I am God and you are the devil” before grabbing a knife from another room and stabbing her three times in the neck and the back of the head.

 

 

Afterwards he went out onto the communal landing and did a dance of celebration before returning to their flat for a quick shower.

Ms Adeyemi fled the flat and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The pair, who had booked tickets to Nigeria and Dubai to celebrate their wedding, were both religious and believe the knife attack was caused by a voodoo spell.

Ms Adeyemi, who suffers from  from facial paralysis since the attack, was supportive of Hunye throughout his trial and told the court they had a ‘good relationship’.

 

Hunye said in evidence: “I was not in a right state of mind, I had lost my mind, I was hearing voices.”

Psychiatrists told the court Hunye was not suffering from mental illness.

Judge David Aaronberg told him: “You and Ms Adeyemi have strong religious beliefs.

“You are both devoted Christians, you also both have traditional Nigerian beliefs regarding Voodoo or Juju.”

 

But the judge added: “English law does not recognise the concept of possession by an evil spirit”, he said.

He said that instead the attack resulted from “a combination of the beliefs and the consumption of skunk cannabis”.

He added: “If the defendant believed in it it might have impacted how he acted that day.”

Hunye denied any wrong doing but was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 12-and-a-half years..

 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/voodoo-worshipper-skunk-who-stabbed-20320465

 

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Driver smoked cannabis, jumped red light and did 58mph in 30mph zone before crash that hurt 3 people

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Driver smoked cannabis, jumped red light and did 58mph in 30mph zone before crash that hurt 3 people

 

Manuel Bangoura then ran off – leaving his victims stuck in their vehicle

 

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A dangerous driver in a stolen car smoked cannabis before jumping a red light and crashing into a family’s car, leaving three people injured.

Leicester Crown Court was told that 21-year-old Manuel Bangoura was at the wheel of a black Audi A5, with false number plates, when police tried to stop him in Gipsy Lane, Northfields.

Andrew Peet, prosecuting, said: “The driving lasted just a few seconds but it was plainly quite appalling as CCTV from the helicopter shows.

“The vehicle was identified as stolen when it was picked up on an automatic number plate recognition camera.

“By 12.30pm on Tuesday January 29, the helicopter crew had spotted the stolen vehicle in a side street.

“The police were trying to detain the defendant but he sped off into Gipsy Lane, overtaking traffic.”

Bangoura went through a red light at the cross roads with Victoria Road East at 58 mph in a 30 mph and crashed into the side of a Volvo, badly hurting a middle-aged couple and also injuring their adult daughter in the rear passenger seat.

Mr Peet said: “The defendant was uninjured, unlike his victims, and ran off.

“The helicopter’s thermal imaging camera follows him as he runs through gardens, over fences, running through other people’s property and discarding his coat.

“He ran through a park and entered an area of residential flats at The Towers because someone unknowingly allowed him in.

 

 

“The defendant was located in a lavatory and tested positive for cannabis with 3.6 microgrammes of THC in 100 millilitres of blood.

“The legal limit is two microgrammes, so he was almost double.”

Bangoura, of Everest Court, St Matthews, Leicester, admitted two counts of causing serious injury to the Volvo’s driver and front seat passenger, by driving dangerously, driving without a licence or insurance and when under the influence of cannabis, failing to stop at a red light and failing to stop for the police.

The Volvo driver was taken to the intensive care unit at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre but was later transferred to Leicester Royal Infirmary.

He suffered fractures to his pelvis, six ribs, his right shoulder blade and three bones in his back – and had bruising to 60 per cent of his body, including a bruised lung.

 

Their painful injuries resulted in him and his wife spending many weeks sleeping downstairs in armchairs and both felt they were robbed of their independence.

The driver said in a personal impact statement: “The worst part is being unable to sleep in my own bed as it was too painful.

“I’ve lost my beloved car and the doctors say I can’t drive for 10 months. I feel I’ve lost my freedom.”

His wife suffered fractures to her pelvis, two bones in her back and a spleen injury as well as severe bruising.

In her statement she said she was unable to take her grandson to school or football matches or do her gardening, shopping, cooking and housework – and they were reliant on the help of others.

 

Their daughter, a self-employed single mother, was off work for six weeks, having suffered bruising and broken ribs and helped to care for her parents.

Mr Peet said: “The effect on the victims was extreme, not just the pain and injuries, and for the foreseeable future they will have ongoing issues.”

He said: “The defendant made a deliberate decision to flagrantly disregard the rules of the road and caused great danger to others.”

Judge Robert Brown told Bangoura: “You expressed sorrow for the injuries to your victims, in interview, but then replied no comment to all subsequent questions.

“There’s a list of aggravating features in this case.

“You were driving a stolen vehicle with false number plates and were being followed by the police.

“You swerved around the police vehicle and off you went.

 

“It was only a short period of driving but it was a bad piece of driving.

“You took risks with other people’s lives in a highly built up area on a major junction and went through a red light.

“The collision was serious and you drove at 58 mph into the side of a car crossing the junction, as it was lawfully going on its way.

“Two of the occupants of the Volvo were seriously injured and their daughter was also hurt, although not as seriously.

“They were stuck in their seat belts inside their car, which overturned, and had to be cut out.”

The judge said the maximum sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving was five years and he was legally obliged to give the defendant a reduction as credit for his guilty pleas.

 

What was said in defence

Amar Mehta, mitigating, said the defendant did not have any motoring convictions on his record.

He said: “He expressed remorse and said he was sorry that people had been injured.

“The driving was short in duration in terms of time and distance.

 

“He drove off in panic.

“He has no-one to blame but himself.

“His partner, who’s in court to support him, has written a letter which explains he’s the full time carer for their four-year-old daughter while she works at a retail shop in Leicester.”

 

The sentence

Bangoura was jailed for a total of three years and nine months.

He was banned from driving for 58 months.

 

https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/driver-smoked-cannabis-jumped-red-3365731

 

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