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Luton drug dealer in six storeys flat fall jailed

A drug dealer who broke both legs when he fell from a sixth floor window while fleeing from police in Luton has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Adam Spittles had tried to climb from the window in Downs Road using the flex of a chainsaw wedged under the sofa.

It snapped and the 19-year-old fell, Luton Crown Court heard.

He was convicted by a jury of possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent, possession of a firearm, live rounds and the proceeds of dealing.

'Broken vertebrae'

He had denied the five charges. The proceeds of drug dealing amounted to £2,880, which Spittles had taken with him when he left the flat.

Spittles was taken to hospital after the incident on 19 November last year with broken legs, a broken vertebrae and head injuries and required extensive surgery.

He needs further operations, his barrister James Rouse said.

Police had gone to his home to arrest him for not appearing in court the previous day.

They forced their way in when he did not respond.

Recorder Bruce Carr QC told Spittles: "If ever there was a case of you being the author of your own misfortunes then this is it.

"While it is difficult to not have some sympathy for you it has limited impact on the sentence I have to pass on you."

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