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Criminal in Jail After Tenerife Holiday

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Judge's 'Act of Mercy' for man convicted of drug crimes.

A criminal from South Wales who was freed by a judge to go on a sunshine holiday is finally behind bars - after flying back from his island break.

Colin Watson, 51, was spared an immediate prison sentence by a kind judge so he could enjoy a week in the Canary Islands.

His barrister asked if sentence could be adjourned so Watson could travel on the pre-booked break to Tenerife with his partner.

Judge Jeremy Jenkins told Watson he would grant the wish as an "act of mercy".

He said: "You have pleaded guilty to a number of very serious matters.

"I am trusting you. Don't let me down."

Now, after two weeks in the Canary Islands, Watson has been jailed for 18 months.

A court heard Watson was found with a taser and a baton, as well as cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis when he was stopped by police in Newport city centre.

Watson, of Pontypool, South Wales, admitted possessing offensive weapons, class A and class B drugs at Cardiff Crown Court.

Judge Jenkins explained he had granted bail so he could "say goodbye to his family".

He said: "It was an act of mercy.

"I told you then not to let me down and you did not. You returned today to face the inevitable sentence."

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