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Becks Ex Bodyguard on Drugs Charges

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7:23am 15th December 2011
(Updated 7:23am 15th December 2011)

A former bodyguard to David Beckham has appeared in court in Cornwall on drugs charges.

Police found a stash worth around three thousand pounds at the home of Dean Perkins.

After serving in the Army for more than 20 years, Dean Perkins became a bodyguard to David Beckham and other celebrities it was revealed when he appeared before Truro Crown Court.

After leaving the Parachute Regiment, with whom he served in Afghanistan and other war zones, he became one of the Hells Angels who organised the street receptions in Wootton Basset for the homecoming of Servicemen who had been killed, said defence counsel Garth Richardson.

Perkins, who is aged 46, was today Wed. convicted by a jury of the possession of methadrone, MDPB and Butylone, which prosecutor Barrie van den Berg said had been legal until April 16 last year. When police officers searched his home in Southbourne Close, Foxhole in October 2010 they found a holdall containing 618 packets of the drugs valued at more than £3,000.

Perkins, who now lives at Upton Towans, Hayle and has been working as a doorman and security guard, claimed that he was researching which of the drugs were illegal before handing them in to the police.

The jury convicted Perkins on what Judge John Neligan described as "overwhelming evidence."
Advised that Perkins looks after his five-year-old son, the Judge imposed a 40-week prison sentence suspended for two years, and a curfew each day of the week until January 2.

"That will enable you to devote the whole of the holiday period to your son," he added.

7:23am 15th December 2011

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