Friday, 20 October 2017

Drug smuggler fails to get sentence reduced

A DRUG smuggler from Henley has failed to have his six-year prison sentence reduced

A DRUG smuggler from Henley has failed to have his six-year prison sentence reduced.

Nicholas Alliston, 47, was caught when he arrived at Portsmouth on a ferry with a van full of furniture in July 2012.

Almost seven kilos of cannabis was found hidden inside sofas, which Alliston claimed he was moving from Spain.

A police investigation uncovered a much more serious plot to import five kilos of cocaine.

Officers had been watching a group of suspected drug dealers and, when Alliston arrived to take part in a cash handover, they swooped.

Alliston, of Simmons Road, admitted importing cannabis and plotting to import cocaine at court hearings in Portsmouth and Maidstone during 2013.

He was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison at Maidstone Crown Court in October 2014.

On Thursday last week, Alliston appealed against the length of the sentence, claiming it was unfair that he had not received more credit for pleading guilty.

But Judge Alistair McCreath, sitting with Lord Justice McCombe and Mr Justice Stewart, the appeal.

“He was plainly caught red-handed,” said Judge McCreath.

Lord Justice McCombe said Alliston’s appeal had “no merit whatsoever” and he was lucky his sentence had not been extended as a result.



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