A teen killer jailed for fatally stabbing a man in Oxford’s Wood Farm in 2019 has been given another 10 months for pushing cannabis.
Police found bags of the class B drug stashed behind dealer Aaron McDonald’s bathtub when they raided the then 16-year-old’s home in January 2020.
Finger marks on the plastic bags were a match for the teenager’s fingerprints.
Messages on a phone found at the property showed the drug dealing teen had been asking his customers for feedback, prosecutor Radha Baan told Oxford Crown Court on Thursday afternoon.
In total, he had around 50g of skunk cannabis worth an estimated £500 on the street.
In March, aged just 17, he was given four years and four months in a youth detention facility for manslaughter.
He stabbed 43-year-old Robin Williamson repeatedly with a screwdriver on October 27, 2019 after a row outside shops in Wood Farm, Oxford.
Mr Williamson did not go to hospital until a week later and died from his wounds on November 10. McDonald was initially charged with murder before he admitted the lesser offence of manslaughter.
The teenager, whose identity was protected by reporting restrictions when he was sentenced in March, can now be named as he turned 18 earlier this year.
Jailing him for 10 months on Thursday, Judge Ian Pringle QC said: “When a warrant was executed at the address at which you were staying there were a large number of bags of cannabis found – in total nearly £500-worth.
“It was clearly ready to be dealt to other people because a lot of it was divided into small seal bags.”
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McDonald, formerly of Appletree Close, Oxford, pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court to being concerned in the supply of cannabis between December 6, 2019, and January 6, 2020.
The court heard he had convictions on his record for possession of cocaine and manslaughter. He was not expected to be released until September 2022.
The defendant, who appeared in the dock wearing a royal blue EA7-branded t-shirt, blue jeans and aviator-style spectacles, spoke only to confirm his name and that he had been convicted at the magistrates’ court earlier this month.
Mitigating, Robert Levack told the court: “Clearly, selling controlled drugs is something which causes a great deal of harm and misery and Mr McDonald accepts that by his guilty plea.”
Were it not for the fact that McDonald was already a serving prisoner, Mr Levack said he would be asking the judge to punish the teenager in the community rather than impose a jail sentence.
Judge Pringle ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the cannabis seized and said the 10 month prison sentence would be served alongside the drug pusher’s four year term for manslaughter.
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