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US News 81-year-old became getaway driver for drug dealer because he felt 'isolated'

18:05  18 october  2019
18:05  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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An 81 - year - old former burger van worker who took up work as a getaway driver to overcome his “isolation” and helped an alleged drug dealer flee the UK, has been He was prepared to act as a driver because it gave him the chance to have a chat with someone, Portsmouth crown court was told.

An 81 - year - old man has jailed for nine months for acting as a getaway driver for a man accused of stabbing a rival in a dispute over drugs . Ian Hemmens picked up Mahamud Sami after the attack in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, on 10 March, a jury heard. Hemmens, a retired burger van driver from

a man standing in front of a building: Ian Hemmens has been jailed for nine months © PA Ian Hemmens has been jailed for nine months

An 81-year-old man who acted as a getaway driver to overcome his "isolation" has been jailed for helping a county lines drug dealer escape justice after stabbing a rival in a potentially fatal attack.

Ian Hemmens, of Chichester, West Sussex, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court after he was found guilty of assisting an offender, alleged to be Mahamud Sami, who has fled the country to Bahrain.

The retired burger van worker, wearing a beige jacket, showed no emotion as he was told by Judge Roger Hetherington he would serve a jail term of nine months.

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An 81 - year - old man acted as a getaway driver and helped a drug dealer escape after stabbing a man in a drugs dispute, a court has heard. Retired Ian Hemmens, of Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex, is accused of driving Mahamud Sami away from the scene of the attack on Bognor Regis

An 81 - year - old man has denied being the getaway driver for a dealer accused of stabbing a rival in a drugs dispute. Ian Hemmens is accused of driving Mahamud Sami away from the scene of the attack on Bognor Regis seafront, in West Sussex, on 10 March. Prosecutors at Portsmouth Crown Court say

His co-defendant, Akeem Adebayo, 23, of Colindale, London, was jailed for nine years for wounding with intent and two charges of possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

Judge Hetherington told Hemmens: "You assisted an offender by driving him away from the scene when you knew he must have been involved in a serious assault, you saw blood on him and you undoubtedly knew that he had been involved in drug dealing.

"But your involvement was considerably more than this one journey, you made several journeys on that day and on the night before, you would have been aware that you were being used as a driver whose age and appearance would have been unlikely to draw attention."

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a brick wall: Ian Hemmens outside Portsmouth Crown Court where he was found guilty of assisting an offender © PA Ian Hemmens outside Portsmouth Crown Court where he was found guilty of assisting an offender

The court heard that Hemmens had acted as a driver in his green Citroen C3 for Adebayo and his co-drug dealer, Mr Sami, from Chichester to Bognor Regis on March 10.

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An 81 - year - old man acted as a getaway driver and helped a drug dealer escape after stabbing a man in a drugs dispute, a court has heard. Retired Ian Hemmens, of Bognor Road, Chichester, West Sussex, is accused of driving Mahamud Sami away from the scene of the attack on Bognor Regis

Retired Ian Hemmens, 81 , sped off with drug dealer Mahamud Sami in Bognor Regis after Sami stabbed a man in a dispute over drugs Ms Packham added: ‘Mr Hemmens was not directly involved in either the drug dealing activities or the argument and subsequent stabbing, he wasn’t even present.

Amy Packham, prosecuting, told the court a dispute broke out with a rival "drug dealer", Dimitrijs Semelis, from Lithuania which led to Adebayo and Mr Sami chasing him while families with young children were nearby.

Adebayo then held Mr Semelis on the ground and shouted "Just f****** stab him" three times, while Mr Sami stabbed him five or six times, Ms Packham said.

She said that Hemmens had remained in contact with Mr Sami and arranged for him to bring the car nearby to pick him up.

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She said: "He was seen to sprint to the car, jumped in the back of the car and disappeared into the footwell.

"The assisting the offender was effective, it not only took Mr Sami from the scene and prevent his arrest, it then allowed Mr Sami to leave the Chichester area and then the country.

"The last know whereabouts is he was on a flight to Bahrain.

"There is an all ports warning out for him which has not been triggered yet."

Describing the injuries suffered by Mr Semelis, which including a "potentially fatal" punctured lung, Ms Packham said: "It was life-threatening, he was lucky he was treated so quickly and successfully."

Mark Kessler, defending Hemmens, said: "It's unusual to find a man of Mr Hemmens' background should be in court at his age for a matter of this nature, it's very strange indeed."

Saying the client's isolation had led to his involvement, he added: "The defendant admits that he likes talking to people and that is why it has come about."

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