Dorchester Big Issue seller jailed for dealing drugs

JAILED: Steven Frederick Bevan

JAILED: Steven Frederick Bevan

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A BIG issue seller spotted dealing drugs in Dorchester town centre has been jailed.

A woman shopping with her daughter in the town saw Steven Frederick Bevan, 47, handing over a wrap of cannabis to another man on August 14 last year.

He admitted a charge of supplying the Class B drug in relation to that offence, claiming she had seen him giving cannabis to a friend.

However, Bevan denied a charge of possessing cannabis with intent to supply in relation to the 37 grams of the drug that were found on him when he was subsequently searched by police.

He stood trial on the second charge at Dorchester Crown Court and Bevan was convicted on a majority verdict.

In a statement read to the jury in the trial, the witness described how she was in South Street on the day in question when her attention was drawn to the Big Issue seller and another man. She said: “There was an exchange between the two men which appeared fumbled, it was not smooth.

“I had a clear view of what had taken place and could see that a small clear bag had been handed over.

“I know this was a drug deal taking place.”

She contacted the police and Bevan was arrested shortly afterwards.

He handed over two clear bags containing cannabis to the arresting officers as well as a wallet containing a set of scales.

Bevan denied that the rest of the drugs were intended to be supplied to others.

Giving evidence to the jury, he said he was sleeping rough at the time of the alleged offence and had done for much of the last 25 to 30 years.

Bevan claimed he had been given the cannabis by a friend and it would last him several months for personal use.

He said: “I don’t do dealing, I just sort myself out with cannabis.”

Following his conviction, the court was told Bevan had 20 previous convictions for a total of 50 offences, some of which were drug related.

Jamie Porter, mitigating, said his client had used the drug as pain relief for various health conditions he suffered from.

Judge Roger Jarvis sentenced Bevan to 12 months in prison for each of the offences, to be served concurrently.

He said: “This operation was brazenly carried out in the busiest street in Dorchester, indifferent to the sensitivities of shoppers and careless as to who saw you.”

The judge also praised the role of the woman in reporting what she had seen.

He said: “She is to be commended for reporting this to the police.”

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9:40am Tue 29 Apr 14

whatever66 says...

A jail sentence for selling a bit of pot ....... yet someone else recently received no jail sentence for having loads of cocaine WTF is going on ????? Surely the cocaine seller caught red handed should of had this sentence .... Oh well least the bloke can have 3 meals a day use of washing amenities and a warm bed .... lets hope the system can find him a home on his release.
A jail sentence for selling a bit of pot ....... yet someone else recently received no jail sentence for having loads of cocaine WTF is going on ????? Surely the cocaine seller caught red handed should of had this sentence .... Oh well least the bloke can have 3 meals a day use of washing amenities and a warm bed .... lets hope the system can find him a home on his release. whatever66
  • Score: 38

10:18am Tue 29 Apr 14

conthedon says...

Does seem disproportionate but maybe the fact it was in broad daylight in the middle of the high street influenced the sentence

It's a shame as Steve seemed a decent bloke whenever I spoke to him - hopefully he will do his time and come out the other side a bit wiser.
Does seem disproportionate but maybe the fact it was in broad daylight in the middle of the high street influenced the sentence It's a shame as Steve seemed a decent bloke whenever I spoke to him - hopefully he will do his time and come out the other side a bit wiser. conthedon
  • Score: 14

10:47am Tue 29 Apr 14

mr commonsense says...

Such a pity writers see this as disproportionate , these people litter our streets with their dog parked by them, picking up benefits (an extra £20 per week for the dog) , sell drugs and then expect us, the public to ignore it, because they sell The Big Issue. Why have any laws?
Such a pity writers see this as disproportionate , these people litter our streets with their dog parked by them, picking up benefits (an extra £20 per week for the dog) , sell drugs and then expect us, the public to ignore it, because they sell The Big Issue. Why have any laws? mr commonsense
  • Score: -18

12:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kimdiz says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Such a pity writers see this as disproportionate , these people litter our streets with their dog parked by them, picking up benefits (an extra £20 per week for the dog) , sell drugs and then expect us, the public to ignore it, because they sell The Big Issue. Why have any laws?
That is a myth there is no financial incentive for owning a dog. There are practical benefits to owning a dog if your homeless-companionsh
ip, warmth and protection from other ignorant self opinionated individuals.
I wonder if this individual would have been spotted handing out a small package if had he’d been wearing a suit and tie?
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Such a pity writers see this as disproportionate , these people litter our streets with their dog parked by them, picking up benefits (an extra £20 per week for the dog) , sell drugs and then expect us, the public to ignore it, because they sell The Big Issue. Why have any laws?[/p][/quote]That is a myth there is no financial incentive for owning a dog. There are practical benefits to owning a dog if your homeless-companionsh ip, warmth and protection from other ignorant self opinionated individuals. I wonder if this individual would have been spotted handing out a small package if had he’d been wearing a suit and tie? kimdiz
  • Score: 14

12:59pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mr commonsense says...

Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view.
He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.
Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view. He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world. mr commonsense
  • Score: -8

1:51pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Tinker2 says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view. He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.
Your reference to "these people" in your previous post unfortunately shows a certain judgement on your part and it would appear that your judgements are generalisations of a bigot and not based on wisdom.
Alcohol is far more widely attributed to being responsible for crime and the misery it can cause. What are your views, therefore, on those that drink?
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view. He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.[/p][/quote]Your reference to "these people" in your previous post unfortunately shows a certain judgement on your part and it would appear that your judgements are generalisations of a bigot and not based on wisdom. Alcohol is far more widely attributed to being responsible for crime and the misery it can cause. What are your views, therefore, on those that drink? Tinker2
  • Score: 7

1:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mixJ2O says...

"drugs" lol...

#breakthetaboo #warondrugs this is just stupid.

http://www.breakingt
hetaboo.info
"drugs" lol... #breakthetaboo #warondrugs this is just stupid. http://www.breakingt hetaboo.info mixJ2O
  • Score: -7

2:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kimdiz says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view. He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.
Ignorant for believing that people receive a benefit for owning a dog and for also wrongly assuming that I’m a man. I'm all for freedom of speech I was just saddened by your comment 'these people litter our streets". It appears that you have a complete lack of understanding of why some people find themselves living on the street, often through circumstance not choice.
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view. He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.[/p][/quote]Ignorant for believing that people receive a benefit for owning a dog and for also wrongly assuming that I’m a man. I'm all for freedom of speech I was just saddened by your comment 'these people litter our streets". It appears that you have a complete lack of understanding of why some people find themselves living on the street, often through circumstance not choice. kimdiz
  • Score: 8

2:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

wurzelbasher says...

No wonder the prisons are so overcrowded. The judge obviously didn't like the look of this fellow! Just as well it wasn't heroin or he'd get a life sentence.......!!
No wonder the prisons are so overcrowded. The judge obviously didn't like the look of this fellow! Just as well it wasn't heroin or he'd get a life sentence.......!! wurzelbasher
  • Score: -4

4:28pm Tue 29 Apr 14

mr commonsense says...

Kimdiz, point out in my post where I assumed you were a man. Whatever gender you are, clearly you are one of the brigade that believes whatever people do in public is perfectly ok. Perhaps you are part of the problem.
A further comment , what makes you think I Don't understand what makes people live on the street ?
Kimdiz, point out in my post where I assumed you were a man. Whatever gender you are, clearly you are one of the brigade that believes whatever people do in public is perfectly ok. Perhaps you are part of the problem. A further comment , what makes you think I Don't understand what makes people live on the street ? mr commonsense
  • Score: -11

5:28pm Tue 29 Apr 14

JackJohnson says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Kimdiz, point out in my post where I assumed you were a man. Whatever gender you are, clearly you are one of the brigade that believes whatever people do in public is perfectly ok. Perhaps you are part of the problem.
A further comment , what makes you think I Don't understand what makes people live on the street ?
I think it woud be "He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech."

If you're a stand-up man for freedom of speech you won't be too bothered that someone exercises their right to describe you as self-opinionated and ignorant. Looking back on the post that appears to have started this (the one about him being better off by £20 a week because he's got a dog) I must say I agree.

As for the subject of the story, he's a Big Issue seller. He lives on the streets. He's hardly the kingpin of an international drugs cartel. Hopefully he'll get some help to sort his life out (if he's not already doing what he wants with it).
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Kimdiz, point out in my post where I assumed you were a man. Whatever gender you are, clearly you are one of the brigade that believes whatever people do in public is perfectly ok. Perhaps you are part of the problem. A further comment , what makes you think I Don't understand what makes people live on the street ?[/p][/quote]I think it woud be "He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech." If you're a stand-up man for freedom of speech you won't be too bothered that someone exercises their right to describe you as self-opinionated and ignorant. Looking back on the post that appears to have started this (the one about him being better off by £20 a week because he's got a dog) I must say I agree. As for the subject of the story, he's a Big Issue seller. He lives on the streets. He's hardly the kingpin of an international drugs cartel. Hopefully he'll get some help to sort his life out (if he's not already doing what he wants with it). JackJohnson
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Under35andout says...

B Amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (eg mephedrone, methoxetamine) posseision - Up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both dealing - Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both the judge was obvsiosly doing him a favor sending him to prison for 12 months out in 6 housed and off the streets , he still commited a offence infront of shoppers and children in a public place while at work ! lucky a undercover didnt just ask for 2 oz of cannabis and given him 5-15
B Amphetamines, barbiturates, cannabis, codeine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (eg mephedrone, methoxetamine) posseision - Up to 5 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both dealing - Up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both the judge was obvsiosly doing him a favor sending him to prison for 12 months out in 6 housed and off the streets , he still commited a offence infront of shoppers and children in a public place while at work ! lucky a undercover didnt just ask for 2 oz of cannabis and given him 5-15 Under35andout
  • Score: 3

8:38pm Tue 29 Apr 14

JamesYoung says...

mr commonsense wrote:
Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view.
He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.
You and i agree on many things, so i hope you'll forgive me disagreeing with you on this one.
It is the fact that drugs are _illegal_ that causes crime and misery in the world. Imagine that it was not illegal to grow/make drugs, what would happen to the cartels? Imagine that the government regulated their quality (what would happen to deaths from dodgy drugs and legal highs?). Imagine that the government taxed their sale as it does cigarettes and alcohol. Imagine that addicts could get access to well funded government help.
In my view drugs are as abhorrent as smoking and, like smoking, would be best dealt with through the lens of public attitude.
[quote][p][bold]mr commonsense[/bold] wrote: Could I ask why kimdiz sees me as self opinionated and ignorant when I am merely expressing a personal point of view. He only shows his ignorance of what we describe in this country as democracy and free speech. By the way I abhor the taking and selling of recreational drugs and would suggest they are responsible for so much crime and misery in the world.[/p][/quote]You and i agree on many things, so i hope you'll forgive me disagreeing with you on this one. It is the fact that drugs are _illegal_ that causes crime and misery in the world. Imagine that it was not illegal to grow/make drugs, what would happen to the cartels? Imagine that the government regulated their quality (what would happen to deaths from dodgy drugs and legal highs?). Imagine that the government taxed their sale as it does cigarettes and alcohol. Imagine that addicts could get access to well funded government help. In my view drugs are as abhorrent as smoking and, like smoking, would be best dealt with through the lens of public attitude. JamesYoung
  • Score: 11

1:06pm Thu 1 May 14

Bailey25 says...

I'm just glad his poor dog will be free of being kicked while he's in prison. He doesn't live on the streets, he lives on holbaek close with his wife/ partner and daughter.
I'm just glad his poor dog will be free of being kicked while he's in prison. He doesn't live on the streets, he lives on holbaek close with his wife/ partner and daughter. Bailey25
  • Score: 1

5:49pm Thu 1 May 14

morrisseyobe says...

Only this week two people sitting on bench outside wine bar said they had looked across at him and he appeared to sell to something to someone and it wasn't The Big Issue
Only this week two people sitting on bench outside wine bar said they had looked across at him and he appeared to sell to something to someone and it wasn't The Big Issue morrisseyobe
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Wed 7 May 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Where did my perfectly legitimate comment, which had 15+ positive votes (unusual for me) - go?
Where did my perfectly legitimate comment, which had 15+ positive votes (unusual for me) - go? CoogarUK.com
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