Caught after trying to sell ecstasy to an undercover security guard at Latitude Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:20 12 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:33 12 January 2013

Latitude Festival is held at Henham Park.

Latitude Festival is held at Henham Park.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

A student who offered an undercover security guard ecstasy at a Suffolk music festival has been spared jail.

Dominic Billins, of Bedfordshire, was arrested at Latitude Festival at Henham Park, near Southwold, in July, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Billins, 23, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and was given a 16-month prison sentence, which was suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

Duncan O’Donnell, prosecuting, said that on July 14 the undercover security guard was approached by two men who asked if he wanted any drugs. He said he did and the men spoke to Billins who had then approached him and said “I hear you want some drugs”.

Billins was detained and admitted having 20 bags of ecstasy powder which he was planning to sell.

Mr O’Donnell said that if Billins had sold all the bags he would have made a “tidy profit” of £760.

He said that after his arrest Billins had burst into tears.

William Paynter, for Billins, said his client was “profoundly remorseful”.

Sentencing him, Judge John Devaux said that in references handed to the court, Billins was described as “highly intelligent” and was on course to get a first for his degree.

“That intelligence seems to have escaped you when you attended the festival last summer,” the judge said.

He said Billins, who is at Manchester University, was a drug user and although he had no previous convictions he had broken the law on a regular basis by consuming drugs.

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