A GWYNEDD man accused of having cocaine worth more than £1,000 when police raided his partner’s home was told by a judge today on Tuesday, that his “selfish” involvement with drugs had devastating consequences for her.

Kieran Connor, 27, was arrested in October 2017 when police searched homes in Madog Street and New Street at Porthmadog.

Prosecuting counsel Paulinus Barnes said at Caernarfon crown court that Connor made no comment to police questions but messages on his mobile phone indicated drug dealing.

Mr Barnes said the delay in the case was caused primarily by the backlog of phones awaiting examination by police.

Judge Huw Rees said it was 16 months before Connor was charged. “There has been terrible delay in this case,” the judge said. ”I am rather sick and tired of reading letters explaining why there has been delay.”

Connor admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply. He was jailed for 27 months.

Judge Rees said Connor had been living with his partner, now his wife, and the offence had “devastating” consequences.

She was a mum and had the “indignity” of the involvement of social services because of the search warrant.

Her children weren’t home when the raid took place but drugs would have been in the property when they had been there, the judge said.

It was a serious offence but he took into account the delay in bringing the case. Judge Rees added: "I can have some confidence that this offending will not be repeated. You simply have too much to lose.”

Defence barrister Matthew Curtis said Connor was in a “big black hole” 19 months ago. He had taken steps to address his offending and was “on the road to being a better person.”