Ex-history teacher, 38, who became ‘county lines’ cocaine dealer is handed one-day jail term for £300 stationary theft – while she awaits sentence for drugs offences
- Angela Davey became addicted to drugs and joined a county lines dealing gang
- Mother-of-two absconded from court before being caught in London in January
- Sentenced to a day in jail for stealing stationary, but faces drugs sentences later
A former history teacher who fell into addiction and got involved in a county lines gang has been handed a one-day jail term for stealing £300 worth of stationary.
Mother-of-two Angela Davey, 38, previously a student at £14,562-a-year Norwich High School, was left home less after becoming addicted to drugs following the breakdown of her marriage and then went on to dealing heroin and crack cocaine.
Davey had been on Norfolk Constabulary’s wanted list since November last year when she failed to appear in court. She was caught in London in January and will be sentenced for drug offences and breaching court orders this week.
Angela Davey went from a history teacher to an on-the-run cocaine dealer. She was yesterday sentenced for stealing stationary, and will be sentenced for drugs offences later this week
Davey’s fall from grace was revealed when police put an appeal to find her when she failed to turn up to court to be sentenced for dealing cocaine. She had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine after being caught by an undercover sting.
Shocking photos revealed her decline: One from 2014 showed her looking happy and fresh faced during a night out with family; but by February 2017 a police mug shot showed her drawn and gaunt as she gazed vacantly at the camera.
Davey appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for sentence having previously admitted two counts of theft from a shop on July 10 last year and July 11 last year.
The offences comprised stealing about £300 worth of stationery, for which she had previously pleaded guilty to in August. Davey was sentenced to one day’s detention for these offences, which has been deemed as being served.
Davey also faces two probation breaches:
Firstly, she failed to comply with the requirements of a community order on August 9 last year by failing to report;
Secondly, she did not follow the requirements of a community order by failing to provide documentary evidence for the absence.
The probation matters were adjourned to either be dealt with at the crown court tomorrow or at the magistrates’ court next week.
Davey’s friends and family previously made a desperate appeal for her to give herself up to authorities after she went on the run in November last year.
She is said to have been ‘coerced’ into taking hard drugs by a man she met on dating app Tinder.
Davey is said to have turned to hard drugs after beginning a relationship with a man she met on dating app Tinder. She is seen left on a night out in 2017 and right in February 2018 after being arrested for dealing cocaine
Drugs had left her unable to keep up a job, and in July 2017 she sold her three-bedroom, semi-detached house in Norwich and ended up homeless and living in a camper van.
The last sighting of Davey before arrest was in a shop doorway, according to her father, David Wilkes, who made an emotional appeal for her return. ‘We feel she could die, she has become a statistic,’ he said at the time.
He described his daughter as a ‘very compassionate’ woman who had ended up on the wrong path.
‘When her marriage broke down she was absolutely devastated,’ added Mr Wilkes. ‘Her whole world crashed down around her. We believe she was vulnerable at the time all this happened.
‘Angela is a very compassionate person. That’s why she ended up in teaching and wanted to go into work with children with special educational needs. She decided that is where her passion lay – with disadvantaged children.’
Another close family member, who asked not to be named, said: ‘Angela went from being a bright, well-educated person to somebody who the last time she was seen, was sleeping in a shop doorway in Norwich. She’s hopelessly addicted to drugs.’
Happier times: Talented history teacher and mother-of-two Angela Davey is pictured before her drug addiction took hold and drastically altered her appearance
The relative said he feared the family would not get her back, adding: ‘Her brain has changed.’
He said: ‘Everybody wants her to just come in so we can help her to deal with the situation.’
Davey, from Norwich, is believed to have studied history at university and trained as a teacher before working at Hewett Academy in Norwich. She then moved to work at a special needs school.
One friend said: ‘If she continues in this lifestyle she will die.’
She added that prison could be the only way to save her from potential death.
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