The dealership watched his life spiral before being trapped by police outside the William Booth Inn


An unlucky hostel resident who was coerced into selling heroin and crack said there was no one at the hostel to say about drugs, “You can’t do that. “

Kirk Day, 39, ended up at the William Booth Inn in Hull, but claimed he would not wish it on his “worst enemy” as there was “no guidance or supervision at all”.

He claimed “something was going on” but was caught tampering near the hostel and police found drugs and money in his room, the Hull has learned. Crown Court.

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Day, of Ilchester Close, Bransholme, admitted to possessing crack and heroin with the intention of supplying them, possessing cannabis and painkiller capsules and possessing £ 1,050 in cash as criminal property on March 5.

Prosecutor Rachel Scott said police in Porter Street, Hull, saw four known drug addicts heading to the William Booth Inn.

Day approached them and the police arrested him. He told the police, “I have stuff and stuff in my pocket.

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He had 20 envelopes of crack, four envelopes of heroin, a 3.3g packet of heroin as well as paracetamol and diazepam tablets.

His room at the hostel was searched and 84 diazepam pills, other capsules and 4.63g of cannabis were found along with £ 1,050 in cash, scales and a list of dealers.

He claimed the money was for an apartment deposit.

Day told the court he ended up at the hostel after working in Wales for some time. There were, he claimed, around 200 people living there at the time.

He said of his drug-related activities: “There was no one there to say ‘You can’t do this’.”

Sometimes he only had about £ 50 of universal credit to last him a month.

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“I’ve always worked and I’ve never really been used to this situation,” Day said.

“I ended up borrowing money for a living. I was pressured. It got out of hand and you couldn’t stop it.”

He said of the hostel: “It was better for me to get out of there.”

He claimed he was recently beaten up by drug associates he knew.

Day now lived with his 17 year old son in Bransholme and worked as a delivery driver for a cafe and shop in Hull.

He admitted that he still smokes cannabis to relieve pain from a hand or finger injury.

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Judge Mark Bury told him he had to stop using cannabis, especially if he was a delivery driver.

“Just imagine what would happen if you had an accident when you were under the influence and someone was killed,” Judge Bury said.

“You would then be in very hot water.”

He told Day, “Your life got out of hand when you came back to Hull.

“You had nowhere to live and you didn’t have a job at the time, having been used to working for many years.

“You ended up at the William Booth Inn.

Day had said that “you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to live there.”

Judge Bury said: “You describe this is a hostel for 200 people with no guidance or supervision and everything is going.

“You were pressured to sell drugs. You said you had to do it because you were under pressure and the police accepted it.

“Since your arrest, you have managed to get up with your own efforts.

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“You found another place to live and you found a new apartment away from the influences you had been subjected to.”

Day was sentenced to 18 months suspended prison sentence and 15 days of re-education.

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