A WIGAN mum who involved her own daughter in drug dealing has been blasted by a judge who described her behaviour as “disgusting”.
“You ought to be utterly ashamed of yourself. What mother treats daughters in that way? What a disgusting thing that was,” said Judge Stephen Everett.
He told Jane Ahearne that her daughter was in the dock “wondering whether she is going to go to prison. You got her to bag amphetamine, it almost defies belief. It was a terrible thing for a mother to do to her child.”
He jailed the 45-year-old for 12 months but allowed her 20-year-old “naive” daughter Rosina Ahearne to walk free from court.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that police raided their home in Lambton Street, Pemberton, on April 4 and found six bags of amphetamine. Mobile phones were seized which revealed text messages from six different people requesting amphetamine.
Jane Ahearne pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs with intent to supply and Rosina Ahearne admitted being concerned in supplying amphetamine.
Judge Everett said that the mother had not only been supplying amphetamine for about six weeks but she had been “laying it off,” allowing customers to build up debts.
She had become a street dealer after getting into a drugs debt herself and was perpetuating the circle, he said.
She was buying the drug, diluting it and then getting her daughter to bag it up ready for sale. “You knew only too well the affects it has on families and how it has ruined your life.”
He told her that he accepted she is remorseful and has been working hard to turn her life around but the offence was so serious an immediate custodial sentence had to be imposed.
The judge told Rosina that he realised she was naive and vulnerable but she knew they were serious drugs.
She wiped away tears as he told her he accepted she had been “very much under your mother’s influence” and sentenced her to a 12-month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work.