Mother who sent £6,000 to her fumbling drug dealer boyfriend in Dubai dodges jail

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A mother who wired more than £6,000 to her drug-dealing boyfriend in Dubai has dodged prison.

Annie Webster, 26, wired £6,066.85 to her then partner Shawn O’Malley, who had traveled to the United Arab Emirates to evade arrest in connection with a gang shooting.

The notorious drug dealer, from Warrington, was wanted by police in connection with a shooting carried out on September 9, 2019, where a Bolton property was sprayed with bullets.

He was sentenced to 18 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court in September for organizing the crime on behalf of Warrington criminal Leon Cullen, reports the Liverpool Echo.

He was also convicted of torturing two victims at an isolated cannabis farm, where he tied up and beat the men, as well as threatening them with a pickaxe and sledgehammer.

In July, Bolton Crown Court heard how O’Malley’s partner, Annie Webster, sent him thousands of pounds while he was on the run in Dubai in connection with a gang shooting.

When police visited Webster’s home in January 2020, she told them that she had separated from O’Malley in November 2019 and was no longer in contact with him.

On March 6, 2020, police executed an arrest warrant at Webster’s home in Warrington, when she was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

During a search of his home, police recovered a number of items, including: a Western Union money transfer document in his name, an Emirates economy boarding pass in his name, and a receipt slip from a law firm. of lawyers based in Dubai.

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Shawn O'Malley, 33, was jailed for 18 years.
Shawn O’Malley, 33, was jailed for 18 years.

In a storage area under the stairs of his home, police found a money transfer receipt for £962.56 dated 4 February 2020, a Ghaya Brand Hotel baggage claim ticket, a receipt for money transfer dated February 7, 2020 and your passport.

Following a police search and interview, Webster pleaded guilty to criminally concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing property. One count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice will also remain on the record.

Webster, of Cumberland Street, Warrington, was sentenced to a two-year community order with a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement at Bolton Crown Court in July last year.

But she appeared today at Liverpool Crown Court, where she admitted breaching the terms of her community order.

Prosecutor Rebecca Smith told the court that Webster has so far completed five days of the rehabilitation activity requirement since the community order was imposed last summer.

However, the 26-year-old missed two scheduled parole appointments in September and November 2021.

Webster’s defense attorney, Kate Morley, told the court that her client suffers from anxiety and depression and finds it easier to talk on the phone rather than leave her home for office appointments at times.

Annie Webster outside Liverpool Crown Court.
Annie Webster outside Liverpool Crown Court.

Ms. Morley said Webster had missed appointments in September and November due to problems with the care of her six-year-old son, who was unwell and had to have six teeth removed.

The court heard that Webster also had to self-isolate after her mother tested positive for covid-19 until she received a negative result.

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Ms. Morley said that while her client should have picked up the phone and informed probation of this, she did not, and she apologizes for that.

The court heard that Webster now works at a local bar and has not committed any other crimes.

Ms Morley said: “She has attended today even though her father unfortunately had a heart attack and passed away last week.”

In sentencing, Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said: “I’m pretty sure when he was sentenced to this community order in June of last year, they would have told him what would happen if he didn’t comply, so here he is now.” because.”

The judge said that while he had the power to overturn Webster’s community order and re-sentence her to prison, he was not going to do so on the grounds that this is his first conviction and first offense, and because he has a six-year-old son. . son.

However, he warned that if Webster continues to fail to comply with the requirements of the community order, she will be taken back to court to face the consequences.

Webster was fined £150 which must be paid over the next six months.

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