A Hull drug dealer learned he would miss the birth of his child after a judge suspended him for six years.
Cocaine dealer Bradley Heath kissed his pregnant wife Tara Heath on the dock at Hull Crown Court today (Monday) while jailed for his crimes. Tara Heath, who appeared alongside him after pleading guilty to possession of criminal property, was spared immediate jail time.
The court heard officers raid the couple’s home on Whisperwood Way on the morning of January 20 this year, discovering bags of cocaine, cash, a burner phone and two BB guns hidden in their bedroom.
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Officers described it as “lavishly decorated” with “mirrored decor”, while an expensive Range Rover was parked outside, prosecutor Charlotte Baines said. NOTNumerous items of “high-end designer clothes and jewellery” were also seized in the raid, while detectives found more than £7,550 in cash hidden away.
Several bags of cocaine and blowing agents were found hidden in the couple’s wardrobe and bedside tables. A cell phone recovered from a shoebox contained messages strongly suggesting Bradley Heath’s involvement in the drug trade.
A marketing text message, dated November 10, 2021, read “nnew stuff in the morning [sic]” with a flame emoticon. Subsequent inquiries into the couple’s bank accounts revealed more than £27,000 had been paid to Bradley between 2020 and 2021, and £23,000 to Tara.
A Humberside Police detective investigating the couple called Bradley Heath’s exploits a “big deal”. Some 155g of cocaine was found at the couple’s Bransholme home, although the judge said the true extent of the 13-month period was likely higher.
Bradley Heath, 27, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property at an earlier hearing this spring in connection with the offences. His wife, Tara Heath, 29, was not involved in her husband’s affairs but “chose to ignore him”, the judge said.
Cathy Kioko-Gilligan, for Bradley Heath, told the court he turned to trafficking after losing his job at Associated British Ports and access to his child following an earlier conviction. “He was a broken man who felt he had no future until he met the co-defendant,” she said.
Ms Kioko-Gilligan said Heath had ‘desperately tried to get a job’ and turned to drug dealing ‘not for selfish gain, but as a way to support his family’. However, Judge Thackray, sentencing Bradley Heath, disagreed, saying “I’m convinced you were motivated by greed”.
“You didn’t need to be driving in a high-value Range Rover to support your family,” he said, noting that Mr Heath had gone about his business “without thinking about the misery and the destruction caused to our communities”.
Speaking to Tara Heath, who was understood to be 26 weeks pregnant and had two other children, Judge Thackray told her: “You should be ashamed of yourself. It was perfectly obvious that your partner was involved in Class A drug trafficking. You undoubtedly knew what was going on and chose to ignore it or profit from it.”
Judge Thackray sentenced Bradley Heath to six years in prison, including 23 months for possession with intent to supply to run concurrently. Heath kissed his partner on the platform as he got off.
Tara Heath was sentenced to 18 months, suspended for two years.