A former gang member found with Grade A butt tears has told a judge he’s tired of prison and just wants to spend time with his granny at the beach.
Ashley Keany, 35, from Preston in Lancashire, has been in and out of prison since 2007.
But he claimed he was now done with the criminal lifestyle when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on July 14 on drug supply charges.
In June 2021, Keany was arrested for violating the terms of his license.
When he was taken into custody, 16.1g of high-purity cocaine was found in his clenched buttocks.
He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs on the basis that it was “only to share with his stepfather.”
Beth Pilling, prosecutor, said Keany had no further intention to deliver.
Defense attorney Daniel Harman summarized a letter Keany wrote to the judge.
Keany wrote, “Here I am again, after 20 years in and out of prison… It’s time to grow up. I just want to spend a day in Lytham and sit on a bench with my grandma.’
He had previously been sentenced to eight years in prison for his involvement in a Preston gang that used Avenham Park as its headquarters to cycle heroin and crack.
They were responsible for hiding a live and loaded firearm in a hollowed-out tree and used whistling to signal drug users and gang members that they were in the area.
While in detention, he struck up a relationship with a police officer and was sentenced to an additional three and a half years in prison.
This was because he set up a drug racket in his cell at HMP Garth and convinced the officer to smuggle steroids in for him.
When he was released, he violated the terms of his driver’s license, sparking an appeal to the police, which saw his face circulated on social media.
He was sent straight back to prison when officers found the tear in his butt.
Mr Harman said Keany now wants to be a good role model for his three children.
He said: “These were his own belongings which he shared with a relative he was staying with.
“It cannot be categorized as a trade. It’s an offer, just like someone sharing a joint.’
Judge Simon Medland QC sentenced him to two years and four months, saying: ‘I take into account the points you make through Mr Harman.
“Your comments about just wanting to live your life in peace, see your kids and sit on a bench with your grandma – I understand that.
“There is only one person on earth who can achieve that and that is you. You will achieve this if you stay away from drugs and stay away from drugs.
“This is your second offense now. If you are convicted of someone else, the court must start at the age of seven. You are obviously someone who has insight into your condition.
“If I were to ask you, do you enjoy being in prison, looking at a prison wall every day, showering a few times a week and not being able to see your children? I see you shake your head. Of course not.
“Well, people can help you get out of prison and out of drugs and out of crime, but you’re the only person who can really do that.
“I hope you finally decide to live a life where you’re not always being watched by the police and they won’t break down your door.
“You’re someone who could get a job and have money in your pocket and have a quiet family life and have something to look forward to, but it has to be done by you.”
Keany will remain behind bars until June 2023 at the earliest.
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