A CONVICTED drug dealer has been evicted from his South Yorkshire home so it can be sold to pay his debt to society in the first case of its kind.
Leslie Redman, aged 50, was forced to move out of the semi in Campsall, Doncaster, because he has failed to pay a court Confiscation Order, costs and interest totalling over £60,000.
Two last-ditch attempts for more time to pay – the latest heard just yesterday – were dismissed by judges at Doncaster County Court and bailiffs repossessed his property in what has been described as a landmark legal case.
The three-bedroomed property will now be put up for sale by Her Majesty’s Court Service north east regional confiscation unit to help meet Redman’s criminal debts.
This is the first case of its kind in the country since the Proceeds of Crime Act was introduced in 2002. It goes back more than five years when South Yorkshire Police raided Redman’s home and found 187 wraps of cannabis resin, worth around £1,500.
He admitted to allowing his premises to be used to smoke cannabis and was later charged with possession of a Class B controlled drug with intent to supply, receiving an 18-month prison sentence, and a court was told schoolchildren were among his customers.
Officers then began confiscation proceedings, examining Redman’s income and spending during the previous six years.
After the house is sold any proceeds beyond the £60,000 will be returned to him.