Bodybuilder with £1.6k of cocaine up bum begs judge to let him go visit his nan

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A bodybuilder who had over £1,600 worth of cocaine up his bum told a judge he is tired of prison and just wants to go for a day out by the beach and 'sit on a bench with my nan.'

Former gang member Ashley Keany, 35, has been in and out of custody since 2007, but claimed he was done with his criminal lifestyle when he appeared at Preston Crown Court on drugs supply charges.

Keany was arrested in July last year for breaking the terms of his release. But as he was taken into custody he found to have 16.1g of high purity crack cocaine worth £1,610 clenched between his buttocks.

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Keany, of Assheton Road in Ribbleton, Preston, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs on the basis it was 'only for sharing with his stepdad', reports Manchester Evening News.

He had no intention of further supply, Beth Pilling, prosecuting, said.

At Preston Crown Court yesterday (July 14), Keany's defence barrister Daniel Harman summarised a letter Keany wrote to the judge.

Keany wrote: "Here I am again, after 20 years of being in and out of prison. It's time to grow up. I just want to go for a day out in Lytham and sit on a bench with my nan."

In 2015, Keany was jailed for eight years for being a key player in a Preston gang which used Avenham Park as its headquarters to pedal heroin and crack.

The gang hid a live and loaded firearm in a hollowed-out tree and used a catcall howl to signal to drug users and gang members that they were in the area.

While behind bars, in 2019, the bodybuilding lag was sentenced to a further three and a half years after he struck up a secret romance with a prison officer.

He set up a drugs racket from his cell at HMP Garth in Ulnes Walton and convinced the besotted officer to smuggle steroids inside for him.


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When he was eventually released, Keany breached the terms of his licence, sparking a police appeal which saw his face circulated on social media.

When officers found him – and the drugs he was carrying – he was sent straight back to prison.

At Thursday's hearing, Mr Harman said Keany became a father for the third time in March last year and wants to be a good dad to his children.

Mr Harman said: "This was his own stuff he was sharing with a relative he was staying with.

"It can't be categorised as dealing. It is supply, the same as somebody sharing a joint."

Jailing him for two years and four months, Judge Simon Medland QC said: "I take good account of the points you make through Mr Harman.

"Your observations that you would just like to be left alone to live your life, see your kids and sit on a bench with your grandma – I understand that.

"There is only one person on the face of the earth who can achieve that, and that is you. You will achieve this if you keep yourself off drugs and away from drugs.

"This is now your second offence. If you are convicted of another the court will have to start at seven years. You are plainly someone who has insight into your condition.

"I hope you do resolve finally to live a life where you are not always going to be being looked over by the police and they are not going to be knocking your door down.

"You are someone who could get a job and have money in your pocket and have a quiet family life and have something to look forward to, but it has got to be done by you."

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