A SLOUGH drug dealer caught supplying about 42 kilograms of Class A drugs has had his sentencing delayed for a third time.

Davinder Rihal, of London Road, Surrey, was due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (September 28) but the hearing could not go ahead due to a lack of prosecuting barrister. 

The 42-year-old has pleaded guilty to three counts of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

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Between April 16 and May 24, 2020, he was concerned in the supply of 35 kilograms of ketamine, between April 8 and May 14, 2020, he was concerned in the supply of three kilograms of cocaine, and between April 13 and April 30, 2020, he was concerned in the supply of four kilograms of heroin.

Defence barrister Tony Wyatt explained to Judge Heather Norton that a prosecuting barrister could not be found for the hearing due to a misunderstanding over whether a video link could be used.

Judge Norton said: "It's a serious case, frankly I think counsel ought to be here. I appreciate CPS is better than nothing."

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Mr Wyatt agreed, stating: "I agree that sentences like this should be done in person."

A new sentencing date has been scheduled for the same court on Thursday, October 5.