Cancer patient is spared jail

A cancer patient has been spared prison so that he can have an operation that could save his life.

Luke Bradford faced a jail sentence for arson and growing cannabis when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court.

He was also in breach of an earlier suspended sentence for stealing and crashing an ambulance from the hospital where he is being treated.

But Bradford, 21, walked from court a free man after a judge showed him mercy because of his condition.

He is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is due to have a bone marrow transplant in May.

Bradford was arrested after setting fire to a mattress at his flat in Orchard Road, Hove, in November 2009.

Police found cannabis plants growing in the flat when they investigated the blaze.

Bradford later pleaded guilty to arson and cultivating cannabis for his own use.

He was also in breach of a 12 month suspended prison sentence for stealing an ambulance from the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey while he was being treated there two years ago. It had been left in the car park with the keys in the ignition, the engine running and the back door open.

Bradford smashed it into parked cars before driving onto nearby streets, sparking a police chase through Carshalton.

The chase ended when Bradford, who had been drinking, crashed the emergency vehicle into a lamp post.

Bradford was not well enough to be sentenced after he admitted the arson and cannabis charges in September.

Lewis Power, defending, told the judge yesterday: “These offences are undoubtedly serious and clearly pass the custody threshold.

“However, I would urge you to suspend any sentence because of his condition and the unusual circumstances.”

Judge Michael Lawson, QC, gave Bradford an unconditional discharge for both the arson and cannabis charges.

via : The Argus

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