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Drug-dealing model and boyfriend escape jail because bungling police took too long to charge them

A drug-dealing model and her boyfriend have escaped jail because police took so long to charge them – in a move a judge said ‘grinds me’.     

Angharad Williams, 28, and Robert Sandhu, 20, from Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire, Wales were caught with a stash of cocaine and £700 in cash in May 2017.

Analysis of text messages on the phones showed the couple had earned around £18,000 from peddling the drugs.       

But they have walked free after a judge blasted police for taking a ‘staggering’ two years to bring the case to justice.  

Angharad Williams, 28, and Robert Sandhu, 20, (pictured) from Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire, Wales were caught with a stash of cocaine and £700 in cash in May 2017

Part-time model Williams (pictured), also from Kidwelly was sentenced to a year in jail suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work

After the case, deputy chief constable of Dyfed-Powys Police Claire Parmenter said officers had faced 'a number of investigative difficulties' in case (pictured, Williams)

Part-time model Williams (left and right), also from Kidwelly was sentenced to a year in jail suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work

The couple (pictured together) turned to dealing cocaine to fund a luxury lifestyle of fashion, fast cars and foreign holidays

The couple (pictured together) turned to dealing cocaine to fund a luxury lifestyle of fashion, fast cars and foreign holidays

Judge Geraint Walters, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, condemned the ‘systematic failure to investigate a serious offence’.

He said: ‘Had you come before me in a timely manner, you would both be going to prison but I cannot ignore the inordinate delay.

‘I am going to be frank with you. It grinds me not to send Class A drug dealers straight to prison.

‘I feel uncomfortable in having to even think about it.

‘My heart tells me I should send you to prison but my head tells me that would be unjust and as judges we are are ruled by our head.’

The couple turned to dealing cocaine to fund a luxury lifestyle of fashion, fast cars and foreign holidays.

The court heard Sandhu and Williams (pictured) were stopped in a Mercedes on the M4 in May 2017

The court heard Sandhu and Williams (pictured) were stopped in a Mercedes on the M4 in May 2017

The couple (pictured) walked free after a judge blasted police for taking a 'staggering' two years to bring the case to justice

The couple (pictured) walked free after a judge blasted police for taking a ‘staggering’ two years to bring the case to justice

The court heard Sandhu and Williams were stopped in a Mercedes on the M4 in May 2017.

When the car was searched, officers found 40g of cocaine along with £730 cash and mobile phones – and it was later found they’d made around £18,000 from peddling drugs.

Both pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply but were both handed suspended sentences.

Sandhu, from Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, was sentenced to two years in jail suspended for two years.

He was described as the ‘main driver’ behind the dealing he was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and made subject of a curfew.

Part-time model Williams, also from Kidwelly was sentenced to a year in jail suspended for two years and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Both pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply but were both handed suspended sentences (Williams is pictured)

When their car was searched, officers found 40g of cocaine along with £730 cash and mobile phones - and it was later found they'd made around £18,000 from peddling drugs (Williams is pictured)

Both pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply but were both handed suspended sentences (Williams is pictured left and right)

Sandhu (pictured with Williams) was described as the 'main driver' behind the dealing he was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and made subject of a curfew

Sandhu (pictured with Williams) was described as the ‘main driver’ behind the dealing he was also ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and made subject of a curfew

After the case, deputy chief constable of Dyfed-Powys Police Claire Parmenter said officers had faced ‘a number of investigative difficulties’ in case.

She said: ‘We acknowledge that the delay in this particular case is not the level of service we aim for or expect. 

‘Delays in getting criminal cases to the courts can happen for a wide range of investigative reasons.

‘Cases that appear to be straightforward often require complex work to prepare evidence which is strong enough to bring charges against offenders and secure their prosecution.

‘In this particular case investigators faced a number of investigative difficulties which eventually resulted in a delay in issuing the summons to court. 

‘This included the defendants’ refusal to allow police access to their electronic devices, complex forensic and financial analysis work, and the need for the case to be fully reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

She added: ‘We will continue to work tirelessly to take action against people who commit crime in Dyfed-Powys and, where unwarranted delays are identified, we will continue to do all we can to expedite investigations and protect communities.

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