Judge orders Sheringham cannabis stash man Justin Mitchell to sell his Porsche Boxster
PUBLISHED: 19:31 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:05 01 June 2017
A 44-year-old Sheringham man jailed after a cannabis stash was found at his home has been ordered to sell his Porsche car as part of a court order to pay back £11,830.
Justin Mitchell was found guilty of possession with intent to supply cannabis after a raid at his Montague Road home recovered cannabis worth £1,000 and he was jailed 30 months in November, last year, following a trial at Norwich Crown Court.
As well as a Porsche Boxster car, the court heard that £9,000 in cash was also seized in the raid on Mitchell’s home on May 6, 2014.
Mitchell, who is still a serving prisoner, was back in court for a contested confiscation hearing, as he claimed the cash was money he borrowed from family and friends and cash saved from his benefits for a car restoration project.
He also claimed the Porsche Boxster, said to be worth about £2,200, belonged to his brother, as he had been left out of pocket because of debts left following his conviction, which he had to pay out.
He told the court he was appealing his cannabis conviction and claimed the confiscation hearing was trying to take everything from him “including the kitchen sink”.
However after listening to all the submissions, Judge Stephen Holt ruled against Mitchell and ordered him to pay back £11,830 or face a further six months in jail.
He said the figure Mitchell had to pay back included the £9,000 in cash seized at his arrest, which is being held by police, as well as cash raised from the future sale of the Porsche.
Cash will also be raised by selling a TV valued at £300 and a Playstation worth £150 which was found at Mitchell’s home.
The judge agreed the benefit figure Mitchell made from the cannabis was £125,300,
He said Mitchell had three months to pay, or if items were not sold he could apply to the court for a further extension for time to pay.
He said that Mitchell did not need to pay the £950 costs applied for by the prosecution.