Violinist Nigel Kennedy’s drug dealing son, 25, is jailed for 33 months after he was caught with £15,000 worth of cocaine in a car

  • Troubled son of world famous violinist Nigel Kennedy is jailed for 33 months 
  • Sark Yves Amadeus Kennedy was caught with £15,000 worth of cocaine
  • A court heard he was ‘up to his neck in the filthy trade’ of drug dealing
  • Kennedy was jailed after admitting possession with intent to supply cocaine

Sark Yves Amadeus Kennedy

The son of world famous violinist Nigel Kennedy has been jailed for 33 months for drug dealing after he was caught ‘red-handed’ with more than £15,000 worth of cocaine.

Sark Yves Amadeus Kennedy, 25, was in his Skoda Octavia when he was stopped by police who found almost 400 wraps of cocaine stuffed inside pairs of disposable gloves on June 22 in St Johns, Worcester.

Kennedy, who was wearing an expensive Rolex watch and gold chain, was arrested but told officials his drug dealing was a ‘one off’.

But a court heard he was ‘up to his neck in the filthy trade’ of drug dealing in a bid to clear his debts after getting hooked on cocaine as a teenager.

Kennedy, who lives with his mother, Nigel Kennedy’s ex-partner Eve, in Malvern, Worcestershire, was jailed for 33 months after admitting possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Sentencing him at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday, Recorder Martin Butterworth said: ‘I’m prepared to accept you had an addiction to cocaine since you were 18.

‘It’s perfectly clear that there is a lot about you which would suggest that you are entirely capable of becoming a useful member of society.

‘But you became involved in a very significant way in a filthy trade which produces serious and real harm to the people who use the drug. Whether you understand that, or care, I don’t know.

The troubled son of world famous violinist Nigel Kennedy (pictured) has been jailed for nearly three years for drug dealing after he was caught ‘red-handed’ with more than £15,000 worth of cocaine

‘Your attempt to present your drug dealing activity in a more favourable light when interviewed by the probation service backfired for you.

‘I had considered whether your attempt to hoodwink probation and the court suggested you were a more cynical drug dealer than I’m being asked to see you as.

‘If you were cynical you would know that saying all of that would just produce the response from police that it did.’

The court heard that police found 146g or 389 wraps of cocaine with 59 per cent purity stashed inside the ‘stash car’ – where Kennedy hid his drugs – with a street value of £15,560. His Huawei mobile phone with two SIM cards was also seized which revealed bulk SMS messages sent out to numerous drug users.

An expensive Rolex watch and gold chains worth £7,300 were also found on Kennedy.

The court heard police also found Kennedy had stuffed 0.4g ‘cocaine shots’ inside the fingers of petrol station gloves which he sold for £40 each.

Kennedy was sentenced to 33 months at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday

An expert described Kennedy’s drug-dealing as ‘mid-market level’ with the drugs to be handed on to ‘multiple street dealers’.

The dealer line was described as sending out ‘daily global messages’.

John Cooper QC, defending, told the court Kennedy had had an ‘unconventional background’ which provided ‘excitement’ but also lacked ‘stability’.

He said: ‘He asserted it was a one-off. The Crown indicated during the course of the last hearing, on the material they had, that certainly was not the case.’

Mr Cooper added that Kennedy had travelled in Australia and Indonesia without taking drugs and there had lived ‘a law-abiding life’, adding: ‘There’s something to work with here in short.’

He said: ‘That brought him closer and closer to individuals who forced him, cajoled him into helping them, working with them and playing the role properly laid out in the opening. He has an unconventional background, an upbringing that could provide excitement perhaps but also, perhaps, a lack of stability.’

Mr Cooper told the court Kennedy had been diagnosed with both ADHD and dyslexia, but added: ‘Whilst in custody he has made positive steps to address his drug addiction.

‘There’s potential here.’ 

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