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Special constable, 36, who was selling party drugs to gym users avoids jail because she developed body dysmorphia after beating obesity
- Bodybuilder Ceri Ann Parry, 36, was caught selling mephedrone in Birmingham
- She was working as volunteer constable with the British Transport Police at time
- Judge: ‘You let whole image part of what you were doing become an obsession’
- She was given 18 month sentence suspended and 300 hours community service
A special constable who sold party drugs to gym users has avoided jail because her battle with obesity led her to become obsessed with her appearance.
Bodybuilder Ceri Ann Parry, 36, developed body dysmorphia and started selling drugs to keep up her image, a judge heard.
Parry is covered in tattoos and flaunts her impressive physique on her social media accounts.
Bodybuilder Ceri Ann Parry, 36, developed body dysmorphia and started selling drugs to keep up her image
She was selling the drug to gym users in Birmingham and also offered to sell customers ketamine, Blackfriars Crown Court heard
She was working as a volunteer constable with the British Transport Police and had applied to work as a police officer in London.
Officers found a small quantity of class B drugs in her car after she was pulled over while driving on the motorway in the Birmingham area in December 2016.
The court heard her movements were tracked and around £7,000 worth of ‘mephedrone derivative’ was discovered in her sister’s garden shed.
She was selling the drug to gym users in Birmingham and also offered to sell customers ketamine, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.
Mephedrone can be used as a bodybuilding supplement as well as recreationally.
Parry was convicted by a jury of two counts of possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply and two counts of offering to supply Class B drugs.
Judge Rajeev Shetty said: ‘You were stopped on the motorway in the Midlands in December 2016 and you were in possession of a burner phone and a small quantity of class B drugs.
She was working as a volunteer constable with the British Transport Police and had applied to work as a police officer in London
‘Police had tracked your movements to your sister’s house. Secreted in a safe in the garden shed was a much more significant amount – around 750 grams of methadone derivative.
‘You were intent on dealing them in or around the Midlands area and you had a steady supply of customers.
‘It’s possible drugs were being used by the people at the gym, I’m also sure other people were using them recreationally.’
The court heard there had been ‘text chatter’ between Parry and people she ‘must have known from the gym’ about the drugs.
The judge took into consideration the fact she suffered from obesity and had been in an abusive relationship previously
Judge Shetty added: ‘I also note there was no evidence of you trying to push drugs on people.
‘At the time you were a special constable albeit working in London. You were applying or in the process of applying to work in the Metropolitan Police.
‘It’s not suggested you misused your position to deal drugs. You did not deal in the area that you were actually working in.
‘As a special constable it’s unlikely you would have had exposure to drug investigations or any serious crime but you had taken an oath to uphold the law when you started and you didn’t do that.
‘You blatantly flouted it and sold drugs.’
Parry sobbed in the dock as the judge said he would be suspending her 18 month custodial sentence for two years.
He said: ‘I have a lot of sympathy in regards to what has happened to you. You gave evidence of your obesity, once upon a time. At one point your obesity caused you to struggle with breathing.
‘You struggled with your weight for a number of years. This was the subject of emotional abuse by a partner who bullied you.
The judge said: ‘You let, in my view, the whole image part of what you were trying to do become an obsession’
‘You were fortunate that you got into body building to conquer this. You fell in love with a woman who you let down massively by these crimes.
‘You let, in my view, the whole image part of what you were trying to do become an obsession.
The judge added: ‘I completely accept you suffer from something approaching body dysmorphia.
‘A nice car and the image of being well to do were part of the deception that you were selling yourself into.
‘I’m certain you started selling drugs to people inside and outside the gym in Birmingham to keep up this image.’
Parry, from Didsbury, Manchester, was convicted of two counts of possession of class b drugs with intent to supply and two counts of offering to supply class b drugs.
She was given an 18 month sentence suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.
Parry will also be subject to a tagged curfew for eight months.
She resigned from her BTP role following her arrest.
Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock said: ‘When a police officer, or in this case special constable, is arrested and convicted of a serious crime such as this, it sends a shockwave through the force and unquestionably damages public confidence.
‘Parry indisputably breached our force standards and quite rightly has been dismissed from her role as a volunteer police officer.’
Body dysmorphia: Mental health condition that sees sufferers obsess over flaws in their appearance
Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition where a person obsessively worries about flaws in their physical appearance.
Sufferers develop compulsive behaviours and routines, such as excessive use of mirrors or avoiding them completely.
These obsessions and behaviours cause emotional distress and have a significant impact on people’s ability to carry on with their day-to-day life.
In this way, the condition is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
BDD can vary in severity from person-to-person and from day-to-day.
For some people, concerns around appearance may make it difficult for them to go out in public or see other people.
For others, they need to uphold what they perceive as a perfect look.
BDD may also cause other problems such as feelings of shame, guilt and loneliness.
People with the condition may isolate themselves to avoid situations where their appearance may cause them anxiety or awkwardness.
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