Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jail for couple who used drug profits to help poor in Kenya

Sam Marsden London

A quiet English couple who donated profits from their cannabis factory to impoverished Kenyan villagers have been jailed for three years.

Michael Foster (62) and his partner, Susan Cooper (63) made around £400,000 (€490,000) by running a cannabis factory at their Lincolnshire farmhouse.

It was uncovered by accident by a policeman chasing a burglar.

The court heard they handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds to villagers in the Kenyan village of Diani, to enable poor children to go to school and the sick to receive treatment.

One man was so grateful for the financial support he and his family received over the course of eight years that he named his son Foster.

After being informed of the couple's jailing, the villagers of Diani were in a state of shock.

Mambo Hamisi (36), a local handyman, fought back tears as he realised that the help he had received to put his children and a nephew through school would dry up.

Gesturing towards the youngsters, he said: "Definitely those boys there, they are going to ask me. Right away they are going to ask about school, and I have no answer for them."

Passing sentence, Judge Sean Morris accepted that the couple were of "positive good character" but condemned their involvement in drug dealing.

He told them: "You were growing it on a significant scale, jetting off to Kenya on it. I am sure you were doing good things in Kenya with your drugs money, whether that was to appease your consciences I can only speculate." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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