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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Dealer 'accidentally' shot wife
Wynnstay Arms Hotel
Prompt medical help saved her life after being shot at the hotel
A drug dealer who shot his wife accidentally has been jailed for 10 years.

John Victor Platt, 35, of Queensway, Wrexham, had admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply the drug, and unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Chester Crown Court heard how heroin, crack cocaine, and amphetamine with a street value of nearly 42,000, plus 12,000 in cash and a set of electronic scales, was found in bushes near the hotel.

Earlier in the week, Ian Murphy, prosecuting, said the ball bearing bullet fired from the pistol entered Mrs Platt's throat, went down her chest and ended up in muscles in her back.

She had a collapsed right lung but prompt medical attention saved her life and she had made a good recovery.

Mr Murphy said it could not have been an accident because the safety catch had to be operate and the pistol cocked before it could be fired.

Judge Elgan Edwards told Platt that drug dealers could expect severe prison sentences.

He added that the offences were aggravated by the possession of the gun, which he kept to protect himself and his stock of drugs.

Platt's wife, Katy fled the court in tears when the sentence was announced.

The court heard she had been shot by accident shortly after the couple arrived at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel in Wrexham, for the night.

She was shot in the neck and only emergency treatment saved her life. The judge said that the shooting had been as much of a shock to Platt as to his wife. It clearly illustrated how dangerous it was to carry loaded firearms, he said.

The judge said that Platt had previous convictions relating to drugs and also had a record for violence, including possessing a sword.

After the case, Detective Inspector John Rowlands, who led the police inquiry, said he hoped the sentence would act as a warning to other drug dealers.


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