Crack cocaine dealer fears losing leg after police van crash

By Lauren Wise & Hannah Mackenzie Wood

A crack cocaine dealer fears he may lose his leg after a police van collided with his scrambler bike.

Devere Ogungboro was this week sentenced to four years jail time after he was caught bagging up £16,000 of the class A drug with two others at a flat near Moorfields station, Liverpool.

The 31-year-old's representative told Liverpool Crown Court that the offender was scared he may lose his leg following the 2015 collision, the Liverpool Echo reports.

A court previously heard how Ogungboro sustained injuries when he was knocked from his scrambler bike by a police van on Park Road, Toxeth on September 15 that year.

PC James Ellerton, the officer driving the unmarked van, was acquitted of causing serious injury be dangerous driving, with Ogungboro convicted of the dangerous driving one year later.

He was seen on CCTV footage wearing all black, and with no lights on the Honda CRF 250, riding down Berry Street at 12.50am.

Ogungboro initially drove on the wrong side of the road before "doing a wheelie" as he went through a junction and performed a U-Turn in Park Road.

Merseyside Police PC James Ellerton was acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. (Liverpool Echo)

PC Ellerton then moved into the path of the scrambler bike, but the Honda slowed down and tried to pass the van.

The officer then turned into the bike, knocking Ogungboro off.

Devere Ogungboro was jailed for four years for possession with intent to suppy crack cocaine. (Liverpool Echo)

Prosecutor Graham Pickavance said it was "dangerous driving, plain and simple” while Ben Morris, defending, accused PC Ellerton and a colleague of “beating up” his client after deciding to “run Mr Ogungboro over”.

The officer, who pointed out that he was acquitted, denied kicking Ogungboro and said he used a “leg sweep” to prevent his escape.

PC Ellerton denied that he “lost control” and drove dangerously, saying he aimed to prevent Ogungboro endangering life.

He said: “I believed from the get-go that what I did was justifiable and once again, this court agreed with me.”

As a result of the incident Ogungboro suffered a "severe leg injury" which has since become infected, and for which he remains on crutches.

Ogungboro appeared alongside Mohammed Awad, 35, on a video link from prison at Liverpool Crown Court and both were jailed for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine after a police raid on March 3.

Tom Watson, defending Ogungboro, said had to undergo "extensive reconstruction surgery" for the leg injury and added he needs a further operation.

He said Ogungboro was left with "acute pain" and has screws and plates in his leg, adding it became infected and "remains infected".

Mr Watson said despite needing a further operation his doctor has "serious concerns" about cleanliness and risk of further infection while Ogungboro remains in prison.

He said: "He is now concerned because of the infections, there's a risk he may lose the leg."

Mr Watson said in 2011 his client was the victim of a "very severe assault" which resulted in "some brain injury" and triggered depression and anxiety.

He added that in 2013 Ogungboro was the victim of a stabbing at a city centre shoe shop.

Three men, Sean Cleaver, Terence Clarke and Carl Clarke set upon Ogungboro in Size? on Bold Street on Christmas Eve that year.

Terrified customers looked on as the three punched Ogungboro before one of the gang pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the chest.

He was rushed to Royal Liverpool Hospital and suffered a collapsed lung, while his attackers were jailed.

Jason Smith, defending, Awad, said he was released from prison on January 12 this year with just £45.

Mr Smith said his family had moved to Sheffield and he has no contact with them, his partner left him and he no longer has access to his son.

He said: "He had nowhere to live, no funds available, no bank account, no telephone, no nothing and he ended up using drugs."

Awad, of Moorfields, and Ogungboro, of Goschen Street, Old Swan, both admitted possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.

The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, admitted the same charge and was handed a 12 month detention and training order.

Awad, who had a "significant previous conviction" of conspiracy to produce cannabis, was jailed for four-and-a-half years.


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