Violinist Nigel Kennedy’s son, 25, is jailed after being caught with £15,000 worth of cocaine

Drug dealer son of violinist Nigel Kennedy, 25, is jailed for 33 months after he was caught with £15,000 of cocaine in a car as court hears of ‘unconventional childhood’

  • Troubled son of world-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy jailed for 33 months
  • Sark Yves Amadeus Kennedy was caught with £15,000 worth of cocaine
  • A court heard he was ‘neck-deep in the dirty business’ of drug trafficking
  • Kennedy was jailed after admitting possession with intent to supply cocaine

Sark Yves Amadeus Kennedy

The son of famed violinist Nigel Kennedy has been jailed for 33 months on drug charges after he was caught with more than £15,000 worth of cocaine.

Sark Yves Amadeus Kennedy, 25, was in his Skoda Octavia when he was stopped by police who found nearly 400 cocaine envelopes stuffed into pairs of disposable gloves on June 22 in St Johns, Worcester.

Kennedy, who was wearing an expensive Rolex watch and gold chain, was arrested but told authorities his drug dealing was “unique”.

But a court heard he was ‘deep in the dirty business’ of dealing drugs in a bid to clear his debts after becoming addicted to cocaine as a teenager.

Kennedy, who lives with his mother, Nigel Kennedy’s ex-partner Eve, in Malvern, Worcestershire, was jailed for 33 months after admitting possession with intent to supply cocaine.

John Cooper QC, defending, told the court that Kennedy had an “unconventional background” which provided “excitement” but also lacked “stability”.

He said: “He claimed it was a one-off. The Crown indicated during the last hearing, based on the information available to them, that this was certainly not the case.

Mr Cooper added that Kennedy had traveled to Australia and Indonesia drug-free and lived “a law-abiding life” there, adding: “There’s something to work with here in short.”

He said: “It brought him closer and closer to individuals who forced him, inspired him to help them, to work with them and to play the role properly defined in the opening. He has an unconventional background, an upbringing that could perhaps provide excitement but also, perhaps, a lack of stability.

Mr Cooper told the court that Kennedy had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, but added: ‘While in custody he took positive steps to address his substance abuse.

“There is potential here.”

The troubled son of world-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy (pictured) has been jailed for almost three years on drug charges after he was caught red-handed with more than £15,000 worth of cocaine

The troubled son of world-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy (pictured) has been jailed for almost three years on drug charges after he was caught red-handed with more than £15,000 worth of cocaine

Sentencing him at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday, recorder Martin Butterworth said: ‘I am prepared to accept that you have had a cocaine addiction since the age of 18.

“It is perfectly clear that there are many things about you which suggest that you are quite capable of becoming a useful member of society.

“But you have become very significantly involved in a dirty business that is causing serious and real harm to people who use drugs.” Whether you understand that or care, I don’t know.

“Your attempt to present your drug dealing activity in a more favorable light during a probation service interview backfired.

“I had thought about whether your attempt to cheat probation and the court suggested you were a more cynical drug dealer than I am asked to see you.

“If you were cynical you would know that saying all of this would only produce the police response.”

Kennedy was sentenced to 33 months at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday

Kennedy was sentenced to 33 months at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday

Court heard police found 146g or 389 wraps of cocaine with 59 per cent purity hidden inside the ‘hidden car’ – where Kennedy hid his drugs – with a street value of £15,560 . His Huawei mobile phone with two SIM cards was also seized, which revealed mass text messages sent to numerous drug addicts.

An expensive Rolex watch and gold chains worth £7,300 were also found on Kennedy.

The court heard police also found Kennedy stuffed 0.4g of ‘cocaine shots’ into the fingers of petrol station gloves which he was selling for £40 each.

One expert described Kennedy’s drug trade as “middle market level”, with the drugs having to be turned over to “several street dealers”.

The dealer line was described as sending “daily global messages”.

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