Luxury LifeStyle – Notorious Liverpool drug dealer supplied by Kinahan cartel fails to get 26-year jail sentence reduced
Having started out as a corner boy in the Breck Road area of Liverpool, peddling small quantities of drugs to addicts, the Kinahan connection introduced The Lam to a money-soaked world of horse racing, partying in glamorous cities like Monte Carlo and spending vast wads of cash on jewellery, luxury watches and sports cars.
With the backing of The Cartel, Cornett expanded his operation into southern Spain, centring his operation in Marbella, where the Kinahans continue to grow as an imposing and intimidating force in the region’s notoriously ruthless and bloody drugs trade.
Cornett’s day finally came after the North West Regional Crime Squad in England launched a crackdown on his operation in 2017, which led to several raids being carried out against his gang members.
Now a high-level dealer with a rap sheet of 27 convictions for a total of 45 offences between 2006 and 2017, he was later arrested coming off a plane with a watch worth around £60k dangling from his wrist, prosecuted and found guilty of being the head of the drugs gang having pleaded guilty.
He was handed a whopping 26-year sentence. In the dock with him was co-accused Michael Rice who went down for 12 years and eight months.
It has now emerged Cornett recently applied for an appeal in an attempt to have his sentence reduced.
However, while the court accepted that the initial sentence was stern, a judge referenced The Lam’s position as boss of the gang and refused to allow his tariff to be shortened.
The judgement read out in court told of how “Cornett’s sentence of 26 years’ imprisonment was undoubtedly severe”.
“However, these cases must turn on their own precise facts and the assistance to be drawn from the sort of comparison that has been urged upon us is necessarily limited.
“We have already drawn attention to the duration, scale, sophistication and geographical scope of this conspiracy. The judge was abreast of all its salient aggravating features and we cannot conclude that the sentence was manifestly excessive. Cornett’s appeal must therefore be dismissed.”
The judgement also referenced Cornett’s links to Spain.
“Liam Cornett lived mostly in Spain and returned to Liverpool when necessary. He was the ringleader and a principal organiser within the OCG (Organised Crime Gang) and was involved in setting up the network.
“The term used by Mr Andrew Thomas QC for the prosecution was that he was in effect the chief executive officer and that corresponds with the evidence. His luxurious lifestyle stood him apart from the other conspirators. His role was mainly strategic in expanding the drug supply network outside Liverpool by negotiating with other OCGs in Plymouth, Torquay and Cardiff.”
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