Criminal with 170 convictions rants at Hull says he’s fed up with “jail, jail, jail”
An old lag nicknamed “Cockney Craig” which is content with “prison, prison, prison” called itself “institutionalized” after notching more than 170 convictions.
Veteran activist Craig Brigden, 37, launched a swearing rant from prison and claimed he was “just being ignored” and people “weren’t listening”.
He spoke loudly shortly before being jailed after being caught up in the police crackdown on Operation Doon.
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And a teenage drug dealer was also locked up in Hull Crown Court after selling heroin and crack cocaine near a children’s play park.
He had been sent to Hull to pay off a drug debt, but was also trapped in Operation Doon.
Brigden, from Hull, admitted to providing heroin and crack to an undercover investigator on November 5.
In another case, Destin Milindi, 19, admitted two offenses of supplying heroin and one of supplying crack in Hull on January 21, 27 and 28 as well as another of possession of heroin with the intention of deliver to Bolton on July 27.
The court heard that Brigden was selling drugs in the Leonard Road and Morpeth Street neighborhoods in Hull and was known as “Cockney Craig”.
He went to his dealer for drugs and was asked to make some deliveries that day, probably because the dealer was very busy and the phone kept ringing.
Brigden was hoping to get his drugs for free or much cheaper, the court said.
He had been convicted of 171 previous offenses, including prolific crimes in his youth, but many were recently convicted of drug-related theft.
He had been jailed for 18 months in December.
Defense attorney Julia Baggs said: “He’s been trying to get out of this area for about 10 years.”
He had two children who lived “in the south” and two more with a different mother living in Manchester.
“He is very keen to leave the Hull area,” said Miss Baggs.
Brigden had quickly reverted to his old ways.
He fumed in court via video link from prison, speaking with a strong Cockney accent and with pragmatic comments generously sprinkled with the f-word.
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He told the judge: “I understand that I am a problem and that I deserve a prison sentence.
“I’m institutionalized and all I get is jail, jail, jail. I keep coming out with the same problems.
“There must be a support program. I am not being listened to. I am just being ignored. They are not listening.
“I’m not saying I’m special to other Tom’s, Dick’s or Harry’s. I’m happy behind my doors 23 hours a day.
“You’re just freeing someone who’s more socially awkward.”
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Judge Mark Bury told him, “You don’t seem to be motivated enough to stop your drug use.
“You can’t expect other people to do all the spade work. You have to be motivated first.
“People can help, but it’s really up to you.”
Brigden said, “I’m grateful for any sentence you give me. This will be my last.”
In the other case, the court heard that Milindi was arrested after an undercover investigator called a County Lines number and was directed to a game park near Vane Street, near Spring Bank and Beverley. Road.
Milindi sold two envelopes of heroin, each for £ 10, on different days and three envelopes of crack for £ 25.
Police then proceeded to his home in Bolton after being identified and breaking and entering.
He had 103 envelopes of heroin, each worth £ 10.
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Milindi, who had no previous convictions, got into debt because of the drugs and was told to come to Hull to settle what he owed.
Brigden was jailed for two years. Milindi was sent to an institute for young offenders for two and a half years.
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