Man who sent dealer £16,000 inside kettle told by judge ‘just behave’

Dillon Atkin was spared jail at Douglas Courthouse (Picture: Google Streetview)

A man who tried to pay off a drug debt by hiding more than £16,000 inside a plastic kettle and sticking it in the post was told by a judge to ‘just behave’.

Dillon Atkin, 27, was spared jail over the ‘ridiculous escapade’ after admitting a money laundering offence at Douglas Courthouse, on the Isle of Man, last week.

After being handed the package behind a Marks and Spencer store in the town, the court heard he addressed it to his former dealer over in Liverpool then dropped it into Strang Post Office.

One of the sorting staff flagged it as suspicious after noting the bogus return address and police were called.

They identified Atkin through the shop’s CCTV footage and he was arrested, the BBC reports.

The court heard Atkin admitted knowing the parcel contained criminal cash but denied knowing how much was inside.

The judge, Deemster Graeme Cook, gave him a 12-month supervision order and ordered him to carry out 40 hours’ community service, saying ‘rehabilitation and punishment’ were needed.

He told Atkin: ‘Just behave.’

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