Drugs plot trial hears accused deny he was making calls
A MAN accused of conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine has told a court a person he was unwilling to "grass" on must have used his phone to arrange alleged drug deals.
Stephen Kearns, aged 30, of Hornby Place, Liverpool, took to the stand to deny the charge, claiming the large number of phones calls he made to others accused of the joint charge were actually because he talked to them as part of his business buying, doing up and selling cars.
He also claimed he rented two containers on an industrial estate near Liverpool to store quad bikes, buggies and motorbikes he was fixing to sell, along with around 40,000 cigarettes and £5,500 worth of fireworks he sold to "family and friends" and people in the area.
Kearns is jointly charged alongside Carl Barlow, 22, of Savage Road, St Budeaux, his brother Elliot Barlow, 24, of Lenham Way, Liverpool and Wayne Harle-Stephens, 56, of The Parade, The Barbican, of conspiring supply Class A drugs between January 2011 and May 2012.
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Harle-Stephens also denies a charge of possessing cannabis with intent to supply on February 9 last year. They deny all the allegations.
Questioned by his barrister Peter Wilcock QC, Kearns was able to recall the make, model and number plates of cars he bought and sold between 2005 and 2012, claiming "I can remember registrations but nothing else".
However, he denied three of the 14 phones ascribed to him by investigators belonged to him. He also could not recall the specifics of conversations with others who have been charged with the conspiracy, or with those who have already offered guilty pleas in relation to the alleged drugs plot.
When asked about a specific call from one of his phones on May 19, 2011 he said he was visiting Whitemoor Prison in Cambridgeshire with others from Liverpool, claiming his passengers sometimes came for the ride but not into the prison.
He admitted one of his passengers lived near his former home in Bramcote Way, Liverpool.
However, when asked if this person used his phone he replied: "I can't say. I'm scared. I can't be known as a grass or my family will be..."
The trial continues.