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Court spares John Terry's father prison sentence over NoW story

Footballer's father will do community service and pay a fine for selling cocaine to undercover repor

Judge Christopher Mitchell has sentenced Edward Terry, father of the England footballer John Terry, to a suspended prison term of six months over a News of the World story that Terry sold cocaine to an undercover NoW reporter. But he ordered Terry to do 100 hours of community service and pay £95 in costs.

Mitchell told the Basildon crown court that the case was a "very very clear case of entrapment to create a newspaper story." He added that facts in this case were created to defame Terry because of his connections with a famous footballer.

However, a NoW spokesperson defended the paper's story. He said the sentence was "disgracefully lenient" and a "green light to dealers".

The NoW reporter, Dan Sanderson, who was posing as a chauffeur, got acquainted with the 56-year old Terry and subsequently befriended him, asking where he could get cocaine for his boss and friend.

Terry agreed to supply it for a fee of £120 and asked for £40 for facilitating the deal. He admitted that he had supplied cocaine to Sanderson at a wine bar on 5 November last year.