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Cocaine dealer from Hope, Flintshire, jailed for a year

A YOUNG woman with potentially life-threatening health problems wept as she was sent to prison for dealing cocaine.

Rebecca Marie Barber, 24, of Hawarden Road in Hope, was jailed for 12 months at Mold Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Judge Niclas Parry said he had taken into account all the circumstances, including her good character and ‘not-insignificant’ health problems.

Barber, who in a separate case last month was cleared of having had sex with a schoolboy when he was aged 13 and 14, broke down in the dock as she was led to the cells.

Matthew Corbett-Jones, prosecuting, said police arrested the defendant last June and seized her mobile phone.

A large volume of text messages were found which showed that she was involved in the supply of cocaine, the court heard.

Bags, scales and traces of the class A drug were found at her home.

When interviewed, Barber said she had been in debt and when a man helped her out she had agreed to collect drugs, supply it to friends and take the money back to him.

She claimed she made no money out of it, but Mr Corbett-Jones said that was not accepted by the prosecution.

Andrew Green, defending, said Barber was a vulnerable young woman who suffered from two potentially life-threatening conditions which were sometimes so debilitating that she could not get out of bed.

He said since her arrest she had changed her life dramatically.

Her father, garage owner Geoffrey Barber, told the court his daughter had gone off the rails when she was diagnosed with the conditions.

But, he said, she was now back home, looking for a job and, although there was no cure for her health problems, the family hoped they could be resolved in the future.