Olivia Monks, 23, collected thousands of pounds owed to Mitchum Fisher, 22, but avoided jail as the court heard she was ‘dragged’ into the life by her boyfriend
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A hair stylist lived a double life as a debt collector for her drug trafficking boyfriend who was once tipped as a future Manchester United player.
Olivia Monks, 23, was given a list of 23 names by Mitchum Fisher, 22, and chased payments worth thousands of pounds from them.
The couple were arrested after police stopped their Audi A1 car in Farnworth, near Bolton.
Officers discovered a stash of cocaine, cannabis, weighing scales plus a blood stained knife hidden in the glove compartment.
At Bolton Crown Court, Monks, of Farnworth, admitted acquiring criminal property and having a bladed article but she was spared jail.
David Lees prosecuting said: ”A mobile phone was seized from Olivia Monks and this showed her collecting money on behalf of Fisher.
“In March 2020 he had sent her a list of 23 names with sums which totaled over £8,000. She can be seen contacting various people chasing up those debts.
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”She later responded by sending a message to Fisher indicating that 12 of those people had paid money.
“The total paid was £2,260 which is the sum collected by Ms Monks and presumably this would eventually have been given to Mr Fisher.
Officers also seized two phones seized from Fisher one showing he was selling cannabis.
“There were requests for large amounts of drugs, one in particular for £940 and there is also a debtor’s list on his phone made that suggests a number of debtors owed him four figure sums.
”The entire debtors list on his phone was for £8,400 suggesting he was dealing in substantial quantities of drugs at the time.
In January last year Fisher was given an eight month suspended prison term for dangerous driving after he crashed a stolen Ford Fiesta ST200 with false plates during a 90mph chase with police.
In mitigation his counsel David Birrell said: ”He was heavy user of cocaine and cannabis at the time of these offenses, matters spiraled and he was selling cannabis to others he knew.
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”He did have a promising football career, starting at Oldham and seemed to move towards Manchester United but it didn’t happen and that’s when his life took a different turn and he fell into this lifestyle.”
Fisher, of Salford, and one of his customers Dylan Gallagher, 22, of Farnworth were each given 12 months suspended for two years after they admitted possessing cocaine and having cannabis with intent to supply.
Judge Martin Walsh decided not to send Monks to prison as he said the mum-of-one had been “dragged into” the illicit racket due to the “damaging relationship” with Fisher.
Sentencing, he said: ”This was a very large scale cannabis operation due to the volumes of money involved.
”It’s not an unreasonable conclusion to make that Olivia Monks has been dragged into this as a debt collector for her boyfriend. Her offending behavior is largely due to the damaging relationship which she had with Fisher.”
”Drugs blight our society and the courts see on far too many occasions how lives are utterly destroyed by addiction to them. Each of you have been given an opportunity and it is up to each you to turn your lives around.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.