Jobless Derby dad sold drugs to pay for two-year-old daughter’s toy

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Jobless Derby dad sold drugs to pay for two-year-old daughter’s toy

 

Kuran Dulku brought shame on his family

 

Cannabis was found at the flat

 

A 26-year-old Derby father turned to drug dealing because he could not afford to buy his young daughter a toy she wanted.

Derby Crown Court heard how Kuran Dulku’s two-year-old daughter told him she wanted the item when they were out shopping together.

But because he had just lost his job he did not have enough cash to buy it.

So, to get some money while he looked for legitimate work, he turned to dealing cannabis.

When police pulled over a car he was driving, Dulku, of Stenson Fields, was found to have plastic tubs of the class B drug in the centre console of the Audi.

He also had a “dirty phone” which they also seized. It proved he was selling drugs as it contained marketing messages telling customers he had cannabis on offer.

 

Embarrassment and shame

Handing him a 12-month community order, Judge Shaun Smith QC said to Dulku’s barrister, Sukhdev Garcha: “I have read references from his mother, father, someone at the temple and the Indian Community Centre, all of which are very impressive.

“Why was he involved in this?”

Mr Garcha replied: “He has always dabbled in cannabis, smoking it from his teenage years, he tells me.

“He was in work then lost his employment and has a young daughter aged two who he pays maintenance for.

“He tells me he had been out shopping and she wanted a toy and he could not afford it.

“He felt bad about that and a so-called friend said to him ‘why don’t you do this?’

“He realises he has lost his good character and that he has brought embarrassment and shame on his family.

“He is hoping to find work to repay their faith.”

Drugs found in black Audi

Hal Ewing, prosecuting, said police followed and stopped a black Audi Dulku was driving on August 19 last year.

He said when they searched it, two plastic tubs were discovered in the centre console and which contained cannabis.

Mr Ewing said a set of digital scales were also in the car, along with two mobile phones and £85 in cash.

He said: “One of the phones has been described as a “burner-style dirty phone” on which a mass marketing text had been sent out saying he had cannabis for sale.

“There were also messages on there from customers requesting cannabis.

“After his arrest in interview he said the drugs were for his own personal use.”

 

 

Dulku, of Tregony Way, and who has no previous convictions of any kind, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply a class B drug.

Judge Smith said: “You are, in every sense until now, somebody that is highly regarded by his community and his family.

“I know this has come as a shock to your parents that, for a period of about a week, you became involved in something like this.

“Fortunately for you, you were caught at an early stage.”

As part of his community order, Dulku was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

 

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/jobless-derby-dad-sold-drugs-3837816

 

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