A drug dealer was told he could have killed a festival-goer as he was sentenced for dealing horse tranquiliser to revellers at Parklife.
Scott Williams travelled to Manchester from Merseyside with dozens of wraps of the powerful dissociative ketamine, which is abused in clubland.
But the 19-year-old was spotted acting suspiciously by stewards and ordered to go to the Heaton Park festival’s security tent. Williams tried to escape the security team’s grip but was soon caught and then searched by police.
Officers found £375 in cash and 12 wraps of ketamine.
Asked if he had been dealing drugs, Williams said: “To be honest I have.”Texts on his iPhone also revealed how he had planned and prepared to sell drugs at the festival. He later admitted bringing 25 £10 wraps with him and pleaded guilty to possessing class B drugs with intent following the June 7 dealing bid.
Tom Watson, defending Williams, said the welder, of Keir Hardie Avenue, Bootle, was ‘ashamed’ by his crime, which he said had stunned his otherwise respectable family and left his mother ‘beside herself’.
Recorder Tony Cross QC described ketamine ‘as one of those drugs that can kill’.
Mr Watson said Williams now understood that ‘someone’s son or daughter could have dropped down dead from a dodgy dose’, adding:
The judge sentenced Williams to a six months suspended sentence, with 200 hours of unpaid work, telling him: