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Dealer attacked by addict for glucose substitution.

AN ADDICT convinced he had been ripped off by a supplier barged into the father-of-eight's home brandishing a knife.

Simon Mark Tyler, 35, of Crabtree Walk, Trefechan, admitted attempted robbery, having an offensive weapon and possessing cannabis resin when he appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. His guilty plea was entered on the basis, accepted by the prosecution, that he had bought drugs from the complainant the week before the incident and had been given glucose instead of amphetamine.

Dean Maloney had been sitting at his kitchen computer at 11.30pm on October 3 when there was a knock on the door.

As he answered the door Tyler burst in brandishing a knife in his right hand demanding money and telling him to empty his pockets.

John Ryan, defending Tyler, told the court Mr Maloney had convictions for supplying drugs and possession with intent to supply.

Judge John Curran jailed Tyler for three years and told him: "You behaved in an irrational and threatening manner."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 10, 2010
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