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STEVAN Graham's father, Malcolm, said his son was almost destroyed by his cannabis addiction.

The 29-year-old told how he would comb the streets near their Bootle home looking for the youngster, and even threatened drug dealers who sold Stevan cannabis, in a bid to keep him off the drug.

``He got in with the wrong crowd and it all started to go wrong. He went from doing well at school, getting involved in activities and sports, to being agressive and out of control.''

Stevan, who also had a criminal antisocial behaviour order imposed by magistrates, told his parents he wanted to leave his old life behind him and make a new start after he is released from custody.

His father said: ``I can see the difference in him already
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2005
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