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Nottingham Post
Rebecca Sherdley

Driver who injured cabbie went on to peddle cocaine on streets of Hucknall

A driver jailed for seriously injuring a cabbie in a crash has been handed an additional prison sentence for peddling cocaine. Dean Beeching smashed into the side of a taxi near Nottingham City Hospital, injuring the taxi driver and his passenger, then fled the scene.

He was jailed last April for a total of three-and-a-half years - 13 months for the driving offence, and 29 months for unrelated drug dealing offences in Derbyshire.

Now, as he serves that sentence, has been given a 26-month consecutive term for possessing cocaine with intent to supply. He was on bail for the driving matter and drug charges when he told patrolling police he "had a bit of sniff" in his possession in Nottingham Road, Hucknall, on October 3, 2020.

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A search turned up 21 wraps of cocaine - just shy of seven grams - potentially worth between £420 and £1,500, and £940 cash, all which were forfeited or confiscated at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (January 31). Appearing over a video link from HMP Ranby, Beeching heard he had messages on his phone indicative of drug supply and he had been dealing to fund his own habit

Aged 32 and previously from Mendip Court in Beeston, he has convictions dating back to 2008 for possessing cannabis, and the more recent offences of possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Jailing him for the most recent crimes, Judge Steven Coupland told him: "I bear in mind this is the longest sentence you are yet to receive."

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