Feb 6 2009 By David Baker
A drug dealing Harrow pensioner who hid nearly a kilo of cannabis and amphetamines in a biscuit tin was jailed for six months today.
Eugene Mannion, 67, stashed more than £4,500-worth of the Class B drugs in the box, pushing it through his garden fence beneath a hedge.
During his trial he told jurors he used the money to help fund medication for himself and his son, but it was argued he used the cash for DIY and a trip to Ireland.
Mannion, of Bancroft Gardens, suffers from heart disease, heart failure, hypertension and had a kidney removed after being diagnosed with cancer, while his son is terminally ill with chronic alcoholism.
But his honour Judge David Mole QC was reluctant to let his age and illness affect Mannion's sentence.
He said: “Having seen you stand in the dock and lie, I must inevitably find it harder to believe some of the things that are said about you.
“It doesn't seem to me unreasonable that you might expect your age and vulnerability would spare you custody.
“But there is no reason why you shouldn't have access to the care and protection that you need in prison.”