Drug dealer whose family were shot over spiralling debts is jailed

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A drug dealer whose family were shot over his spiralling debts was jailed for more than two years.

Karl Dures, 30, contacted police after his brother Craig was shot in the face and dad Karl snr blasted in the leg in Everton on April 2 last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that officers visited his home the next day and discovered nearly £500 of cocaine in his kitchen and more than £8,000 of amphetamines and a hydraulic drugs press in his garden shed.

Simon Berkson, prosecuting, said they found three tied bags containing 9.8g of cocaine on top of a cupboard and seven separate bags containing just over two grams.

In the shed was a 16.3g bag of amphetamines and another bag containing 786g.

Mr Berkson said: “In the shed was a hydraulic press of the type often used by drug dealers to compress powder such as cocaine and amphetamines.”

He said there was also evidence that Dures had been storing amphetamines in his freezer.

Dures was not at home but phoned police after his mum was arrested at the scene.

He admitted possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

The court heard he had a number of previous convictions, but only one drugs matter as a youth.

Jason Smith, defending Dures, said police did not raid his house but were invited there after the “devastating attack”.

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Mr Smith said: “The whole family have co-operated fully with Merseyside Police for the past 12 months.

“This is a family who had their lives torn apart in April of last year because of serious injuries – life-threatening injuries.”

He said Dures had effectively brought the prosecution upon himself, which he argued was “exceptional mitigation”.

Mr Smith said: “He now lives away from this area, not by choice but because he has to.

“The threats made to him were genuine. The threats were carried out to members of his family and he lives daily with the fear that the next person to be shot will be him.”

He said his client would constantly have to “look over his shoulder” in jail.

Mr Smith said: “This defendant has genuine fear that if he is sent to custody it won’t be people who he owes a few hundred or a few thousand pounds after him, it will be those who organised the shooting of his brother and father, those who have labelled his family as grasses and informants, those who want justice to be done as they see it, to those who informed on friends and associates.”

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Family with a stroller

He said Dures started using cocaine recreationally but got into increasing debt to dealers.

The court heard Dures’ dad has been paying off his debts to ensure the family have “one less problem to worry about”.

Recorder Angus Withington said he appreciated the “profound effect” the incident had on Dures and the “heavy burden” he brought on his family.

But he said the crime was so serious that he must go to prison and jailed him for 28 months.

David Byron, 37, of Longfellow Close, Kirkby, was cleared of the attempted murder of Craig, wounding him with intent, and wounding Karl snr with intent, in March.

Following the trial, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, demanded to know why “extremely compelling” evidence was not put to the jury.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, who heads the Matrix Serious Organised Crime (MSOC) unit, has ordered a review into the case.

(An extract from the Liverpool Echo 2015)

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