Student drug dealer jumped out of window when police found his stash

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A chemistry student turned drug dealer jumped 30ft head first out of a third floor window as police uncovered thousands of pounds worth of
cocaine, cannabis and ketamine in his flat.

Matthew Sommerville, 25, leaped from the property in a suicide attempt, his barrister said.

After surviving, he then tried to throw himself under a bus but couldnt do it, the court heard.

Now Sommerville has been spared prison after a judge said it was an exceptional case.

A chemistry student turned drug dealer jumped 30ft head first out of a third floor window as police uncovered thousands of pounds worth of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine in his flat, a court heard. Matthew Sommerville, 25, leapt from the property in a suicide attempt, his barrister said. caption: Matthew Sommerville leaving court

Matthew Sommerville, 25, jumped out of the window when police found his drugs (Picture: MEN Media)

A Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing was told on Tuesday that plain clothes police officers spotted the Vauxhall Astra Sommerville was driving in Fallowfield at about 9.30pm on December 9, last year, when it unexpectedly veered left without any indication.

They pulled the car over and noticed a number of Rizla papers and a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle, prosecutor Simone Flynn said.

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Sommerville admitted to having 10 snap bags of cannabis in the car.

The court heard that the officers suspected Sommerville was just a drug user, and not involved in dealing as they later discovered.

They wanted to check his photo ID to find an address to issue a court summons to.

Because he had no ID with him, officers took him to his home in Fallowfield without handcuffs.

General view of Manchester Crown Court ,Minshull Street, in Manchester city centre.

He was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court (Picture: PA)

They allowed him to go upstairs to the third floor of the apartment block, to smoke a cigarette out of an open window while they searched the property.

But Sommerville then jumped head first out of the window, estimated to be a 30ft drop.

He fractured his arms and pelvis in the fall.

Despite suffering serious injuries, he managed to run away. The following day he went to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he was arrested.

Sommerville, who has no previous convictions, was de-arrested to undergo hospital treatment, and was interviewed by police the following month when he answered no comment to questions.

Defending, David Temkin said: He threw himself out of the window some 30ft head first. He expected that would be the way his life would end.

It wasnt an escape, it was an attempt of suicide.

Having realised he hadnt died, he tried to throw himself under a bus, but he couldnt do it.

During their search of the flat, officers found MDMA, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis with a street value of £7,970.

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They also found £2,960 in cash, said to be the proceeds of his drug dealing.

Mr Temkin said that Sommerville, who has suffered from mental health problems, was studying chemistry at the University of Manchester, and that
the offer is open to complete the rest of his studies.

He said that the defendant was having suicidal thoughts during his time at university and was feeling lonely as he is originally from Essex.

The court heard that he found solace in cannabis and first started to use the drug at the age of 12, his barrister said.

Mr Temkin said Sommerville, who was described as loving, loyal and intelligent, has stopped using class A drugs and has cut down on his
cannabis intake.

The barrister appealed for the judge to step outside the sentencing guidelines and impose a suspended sentence.

Judge Anthony Cross QC agreed and sentenced the defendant to two years in prison, suspended for two years, ordering that he complete 240 hours of unpaid work and 30 days of rehabilitation.

Sommerville, of Leighton Avenue, Essex, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of drugs with intent to supply, and one count of possessing
criminal property.

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