Jonathan Hibbs (nice touch with the cane BTW… for painfully sitting down in the court I guess)
A DRUGS trafficker escaped a prison sentence of at least five years because he is seriously ill and only being kept alive by a pioneering heart pump.
Jonathan Hibbs, 36, was caught with £50,000 worth of heroin in a car just days after being freed from jail for an identical offence.
He has no heartbeat and is one of the first in the world to benefit from the revolutionary device which pushes blood round his body.
Hibbs is only alive due to the pump inserted into his chest five months ago and is waiting for a heart transplant.
A judge allowed him to walk free due to the ‘catastrophic’ cardiac attack he suffered while on remand and his highly unusual medical needs.
Judge Peter Fox, QC, told him: ‘Were it not for your dire medical condition and limited life expectancy, it would be at least five years’ imprisonment.
‘As it is, utterly exceptionally, I am going to make a suspended sentence order.’
However, he warned Hibbs, of York, that he would not receive the same lenient treatment if he offended again.
The court heard that Hibbs was jailed for five years for heroin possession in 2008 and was released on Christmas Eve last year.
His illness that ‘makes him scared’ didn’t stop him from driving ‘up north’ to play with Mr Big…
Indeed only 12 days later, he was stopped on the A19 near Stockton-on-Tees on his way to deliver half-a-kilogram of heroin worth up to £50,000.
Hibbs pleaded guilty to possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
He will be under curfew with an electronic tag for six months. Mary Brett, an anti-drugs campaigner, said: ‘This decision by the judge gives out a very bad message.
‘Don’t they have hospital wings in prison? As long as he could be looked after properly, then he should serve at least some time.’
A spokesman for NHS Blood and Transplant said Hibbs’s crimes should not influence his place on the transplant waiting list.
Says it all really…
This is a man that has peddled misery onto our streets for years… and he gets this treatment???
Not only does he avoid a VERY deserved spell of chokey he also gets an expense heart op so he can continue to fcuk us all over…