A convicted sex offender who lied to police about where he was living has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.

Christopher Clarke, who was required to tell police his current address after being placed on the sex offenders’ register, claimed he was sleeping rough on land at Cow Pastures in Louth.

But officers became suspicious of him because of his appearance.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said: “He didn’t have the appearance of someone who was sleeping rough.

“On October 16 he went to the police station and his risk manager asked him to show him where he was sleeping.

“The defendant took him to Cow Pastures. When they arrived the defendant initially said they were at the wrong location.

“Then he came clean and said he had been living with his partner at an address in Ludgate in Louth. He said he had lived there since 2018.”

Clarke, 39, currently of no fixed address but who had been staying in Ludgate, Louth, admitted charges of failing to comply with the sex offender notification requirements and with supplying false information.

He was jailed for four months and the time he is on the sex offenders’ register was increased to seven years.

Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight told him: “You were taking the Mickey out of the whole system and ignoring what you were told you had to do.”

The court was told that Clarke was originally placed on the sex offenders’ register after appearing at the Crown Court on October 9 this year when he was sentenced for a charge of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

Sunil Khanna, for Clarke, said the defendant ended up asking his partner to let him stay at her house because he had nowhere else to go.

“He accepts his actions were unjustified. This wasn’t a case of him disappearing off the face of the earth.”

Two men who organised weekly drugs parties at which a schoolboy died have been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.

Alex Buchan, 14, described by his family as a “perfect son,” collapsed after ingesting fatal levels of MDMA into his bloodstream.

An ecstasy tablet with the motif “The Punisher” was found next to him at the home of Sam King in Fleet Street, Holbeach.

The family of Holbeach teenager Alex Buchan have described him as a “gentle, kind boy, who would help anyone.”

Alastair Turner, 19, who sold drugs at the party, and King, 21, who hosted the event, were told by Judge John Pini QC that although there was not evidence to bring criminal charges against them for the death of Alex, they were both morally responsible for what happened.

Turner was jailed for 45 months and King for three years after both admitted charges arising from the investigation into Alex’s death.

The court was told that the two men staged weekly drug parties at King’s home targeting the invitations at school age children.

Judge Pini, passing sentence, said: “This is an utterly tragic case. It involves the loss of a very young and much loved life.

“Neither defendant has been charged in relation to Alex’s death and the sentence the court imposes cannot reflect the death.

“However you will have the moral responsibility for Alex Buchan’s death on your conscience for the rest of your lives.

“You worked in concert so that the parties would be attended by people of school age.

“The targeting of young people of school age is a very seriously aggravating feature of this case.”

The judge said the case highlighted the “profound danger” of taking Class A drugs.

Andrew Peet, prosecuting, told the court: “Turner was a well-known and busy dealer of ecstasy.

“King very much acted in combination with Turner to ensure that weekly parties were held.

“King organised these to take place at his own home and they would be attended by school age customers.

“He was a willing and active participant in Turner’s drug dealing that took place at King’s house.

“They were connected at the hip, so to speak, as far as the parties were concerned. It is plain that King was a user himself.”

Mr Peet said that Turner was also supplying drugs on a regular basis outside of the weekend parties.

Alex Buchan, who was a pupil at University Holbeach Academy, attended one of the parties held at King’s house on the evening of April 5 2019.

“Whilst at the address he tragically died. His death was caused by a fatal level of MDMA [ecstasy] in his bloodstream,” Mr Peet said.

“He obtained an amount of ecstasy that night via Turner. Although Alex ingested some or all of the ecstasy, it is not the Crown’s case that it was the supply by Turner that led to Alex’s death.

“At 1.30am, the party having begun a few hours before on the previous day, paramedics, police and ambulance were called out to the address because Alex was not responsive.”

Mr Peet said that parents and adults called by the youngsters at the party arrived to try and resuscitate Alex.

Paramedics assisted on their arrival but Alex passed away at 2.30 am. An ecstasy tablet with the motif “The Punisher” was found next to him.

The prosecutor said that it appeared that the pill had been supplied to Alex by someone who had bought it from Turner.

“Alex had consumed far too much ecstasy far too quickly. He had consumed ecstasy before he arrived at the party.

“The investigation revealed that the party was not an isolated event but these had been occurring over many weeks.”

Evidence found on Turner’s mobile phone indicated he had been supplying drugs for the previous five months and had a list of regular customers.

“He told his customers he was able to deliver. Sometimes it was free but sometimes he would deliver with a £5 charge.”

Turner, 19, of Fleet Road, Fleet, admitted possession of ecstasy with intent to supply on April 5, 2019 and a further charge of supplying ecstasy between November 1 2018 and April 7 2019.

King, 21, of Fleet Street, Holbeach, admitted being concerned in the supply of ecstasy and two charges of permitting premises to be used for the supply of drugs.

Karen Walton, for Turner, said he secured an apprenticeship after leaving school but was unable to get a place at college.

“He started dealing drugs and realised he could make money.

“He is a young man of good character. He had shown no sign of any deviant behaviour until this period of his life.”

Neil Sands, for King, told the court: “He is deeply, deeply sorry for what took place. If there was anything within his power to turn the clock back he would so so without hesitation.”

A drug dealer caught with a stash of cocaine and thousands of pounds in cash was jailed on Friday for four and a half years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Benjamin Ip was already on bail accused of a previous drug dealing offence when police stopped him in Vere Street in Lincoln, after he parked up near to his home on August 7 this year.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that officers found 189g of cocaine on him and £8,500 cash.

Mr Scott told the court that the cocaine had a street sale value of up to £20,000.

A mobile phone found on Ip contained messages showing he was dealing drugs, including one sent as a round-robin text to 100 contacts announcing he had cocaine for sale.

“The officers also seized electronic scales and ziplock bags. The defendant was interviewed and made no comment.”

Mr Scott said that at the time Ip was on bail having previously been arrested at an Air BnB in Doddington where he was staying. Officers found three rocks of ecstasy containing a total of 17.8gs of the drug.

The prosecutor said that Ip was also under investigation for another drug dealing matter having been arrested in November 2018 when his car was stopped by police on Washingborough Road in Lincoln.

On that occasion he was searched and 48 dealer bags of cocaine were found in his underwear. More drugs were found and £9,400 cash.

Ip, 29 of Vere Street, Lincoln, admitted possession of drugs with intent to supply on August 7 and possession with intent to supply and possession of criminal property on July 7.

He asked for two further offences of possession of drugs with intent to supply and one of possession of criminal property as a result of his arrest on November 24, 2018.

Sunil Khanna, in mitigation, said Ip began experimenting with drugs and then became addicted to them.

Ip, he said, went on to sell drugs to fund his habit and then for a profit.

“He began contributing towards the family in the hope that it would help his father not work so hard. His father and the family were not aware of what he was doing. They thought he was working hard on building sites.”

+ More stories