A DEBT-ridden criminal gang member who supplied heroin in Carlisle and “nobbled” a frail addict he‘d previously helped to brutally rob has been jailed for 12 years.
Sean Cleaver, 26, travelled to the city from his native Merseyside in early 2017 and, with a partner-in-crime, based himself in a Lightfoot Drive flat to supply the class A substance to users as he worked off £800 of personal cocaine arrears.
In February of that year, Cleaver demanded money from an infirm user who lived downstairs and, together with two others, attacked the man as he was robbed of cash and belongings including a ring which was slipped off his finger.
The victim, hit with tools and even his own crutch, suffered a broken jaw, was left with a footprint on his face and, after an initial hospital discharge, went back and was placed in an induced coma.
“It was the investigation of the robbery that led to the drugs offences coming to light,” prosecutor Tim Evans told Carlisle Crown Court.
Cleaver also tried to “nobble” the victim during a sinister subsequent phone call, warning him not to pick him and a fellow robber out during an identification procedure scheduled for the next day. The man initially didn’t identify the pair although they were eventually brought to justice after he later reported what had actually happened.
After skipping bail, Cleaver, of Gresham Street in Liverpool, sparked a police manhunt and was the subject of a BBC Crimewatch appeal before being traced.
He admitted being concerned in heroin supply, robbery and perverting the course of justice, and was jailed by a Carlisle judge.
Recorder Eric Lamb observed the Carlisle crimes of Cleaver – a new dad who’d since stated he had mended his ways – were committed after threats were made against both he and his grandmother. “Be that as it may, you were at the very best naïve and more likely greedy,” Recorder Lamb told him while passing sentence, “in acknowledging could could pay off the debt you had accrued for your own class A drugs by doing the bidding of those who were supplying class A drugs from Liverpool to Carlisle.”