Labour life peer pays off £90,000 debt for drug-dealer grandson who was jailed for supplying Class A narcotics at party where Geordie Shore star fell to her death
A drug dealer‘s ill-gotten gains have been paid back to the courts – by his grandfather, a former member of the House of Lords.
Daniel Lewis, 31, earned almost £100,000 selling party drugs from his Brighton flat where star Aimee Spencer fell to her death.
He was jailed for three years in January and has been ordered by the court to pay back his illegal profits.
Now his grandfather, Lord Gus Macdonald, has paid off £90,000 – despite Lewis himself owning assets worth more than £400,000.
The Labour life-peer agreed to cover the cash following an investigation under Proceeds of Crime laws, rules designed to take illegal profits away from criminals to fund good causes.
Lewis, his wife and Aimee spent the weekend on a drugs binge in the flat – which also belonged to Lord Macdonald – before the actress and porn star plunged from a window.
Aimee, 27, fell from two storeys onto a flagstone patio in July, 2016.
Her naked body was found by a neighbour.
She suffered catastrophic head injuries in the fall and battled for life in hospital for a week before her life support was turned off.
Aimee Spencer, 27, fell from two storeys onto a flagstone patio in July, 2016
Lewis was arrested on suspicion of murder and later released.
An inquest at Hove heard Aimee had taken cocaine and ketamine on the night she fell.
An investigation into Lewis‘s finances traced £98,827 related to drug dealing.
The Crown dropped ten per cent and rounded the figure to £90,000 which Lord Macdonald agreed to pay.
A court heard Lewis has available assets of £431,243 which will still be his when he is released from prison.
Lewis pleaded guilty to dealing LSD, banned steroids, cocaine, ketamine and ‘Meow Meow‘.
He lived rent free in the flat in Chichester Terrace an exclusive seafront area of Brighton.
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He lived off a trust fund and did not need to deal drugs for money, Lewes Crown Court heard in November last year.
The original two-year suspended sentence was referred to the High Court in London for review under Unduly Lenient Sentence rules.
A panel of appeal court judges jailed Lewis for three years and ordered him to return to Brighton and hand himself in to police in January.
Lewis is serving his three-year sentence at HMP Rochester and was brought to court in Hove on Friday to finalise the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.
He spoke only to confirm his name.
Kate O‘Raghallaigh for Lewis said Lord Macdonald would pay the debt the same day.
Nicola Shannon for the Crown said most of the money Lewis earned was from dealing cocaine.
‘The £90,000 can be paid immediately by a third party.
‘His grandfather is to make the order,‘ Ms Shannon said.
‘It is to be paid within three months, but it will be paid today.‘
His Honour Judge Paul Tain told Lewis: ‘These things are drawing to a close for you.‘
Baron Macdonald of Tradeston is a Labour life peer.
He resigned as a member of the House of Lords in April 2017.
Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett steered The Proceeds of Crime Act through the commons in 2001 and 2002 while Lord Macdonald was a government minister.
Aimee‘s mum Jean said it was amazing somebody else was allowed to pay the money which should act as a deterrent to other criminals.
‘That is not fair at all. It is quite surprising that they allow that. It is an eye opener. I appreciate he is in prison but he has had no financial penalty whatsoever.
‘I wish I had a grandfather like that.
‘Considering his whole defence was based on him being low-level. £90,000 doesn‘t sound like a low-level dealer to me.
‘He should pay. It doesn‘t seem right at all. It should be part of the deterrent. How can that be a deterrent when he has go the funds to pay it?‘