Man sentenced to prison for assisting an offender

Following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) a man has pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.

Lee Berry, aged 34 from Weydon Hill Road, Farnham was sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty at the same hearing at Guildford Crown Court on 16 March.

Berry financially assisted an offender by booking flights for the wanted offender using their fake passport details and also put money in to an account they had access to.

Luke Kelly aged 35 of no fixed abode was extradited from Spain in January 2020 after failing to answer his police bail in October 2018 for serious drugs offences. He was convicted on 28 May 2020 for being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of counterfeit drugs with the intent to supply. He also had a fraudulent passport. He was sentenced in May 2020 to 9 years and 3 months’ imprisonment.

Investigating officer Detective Constable David Bone from SEROCU, said: “Berry significantly hampered efforts to locate Luke Kelly and bring him to justice. 

“The assistance provided was significant and now Berry is going to prison too for the role he played in keeping Kelly away from his conviction through the courts.

“I hope this serves as a warning to those who would consider impeding the justice system.”