A judge has given a man who was found guilty of possessing heroin a lesser sentence after receiving a letter pleading for as short a prison term as possible.
Mohammad Zaheer Noor, 32, of Danesmoor, Banbury, who was found guilty of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply in November, was given a three-year prison sentence at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, December 20.
It was in March this year that police stopped and searched Noor’s vehicle on Warwick Road in Banbury and found heroin just short of an ounce within the steering column.
During sentencing, the court heard how Noor’s father had passed away while the defendant was in custody, something which Terence Woods, defending, said Noor took some responsibility for.
Mr Woods said: “He does accept that he needs to put this behind him and move on.”
He added members of Noor’s community had written letters to the court in support of him.
“The community where he lives obviously holds him in some regard; he’s obviously not all bad and this comes from his own personal problems with drugs,” he said.
Judge Ian Pringle said he took into account that Noor has no past history of dealing and that the amount of potential financial gain was relatively small.
He added he particularly considered the personal mitigation.
“You’ve written me a letter asking for as short a sentence as possible. You’ve realised the error of your ways and are going to put this in the past,” he said.
Noor will serve half the three-year sentence and then be released on licence. He was also ordered to pay £120 victim surcharge.