Northampton

Money stash man from Wellingborough loses his appeal

A Wellingborough man who stashed cash for a drug dealer has failed in his bid to be released from prison on health grounds.

Neville Waiting, 53, was jailed for 21 months at Northampton Crown Court in November 2010 after he was convicted of concealing criminal property.

Lawyers for Waiting said he had spent all his time in jail in the prison's hospital wing.

Appeal Court judges said his jail term was due to his own actions.

Lawyers for Waiting, of Birchfield Road, Wellingborough, argued the sentence should be changed so his "health needs can be properly managed".

'Fought on'

Lord Justice Richards told the court Waiting led police to a stash of drugs in Northamptonshire woodland where more than £17,000 worth of heroin was uncovered.

Officers then searched Waiting's home, uncovering more than £20,000 in cash under his floorboards.

The judge said the cash and drugs belonged to a drug dealer in the town who was jailed at the same time as Waiting.

Prosecutors believed a row between the men led to Waiting turning over the haul to the police.

Karen Walton, for Waiting, told the judges he has diabetes and pancreatitis, and should have been given a sentence which took into account his failing health.

But Lord Justice Richards, sitting with Mr Justice Bean and Mr Justice Spencer, said: "In our view no justified criticism can be made of this sentence.

"The appellant had every opportunity to plead guilty but fought on throughout the trial and was convicted by the jury."

Correction 26/10/11: This story has been amended to make it clear that Neville Waiting was only convicted of concealing money.

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