John Terry’s father admits dealing cocaine

The father of the Chelsea and former England captain John Terry has pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine.

Edward Terry, 56, from Chafford Hundred, Essex, appeared before Basildon magistrates and admitted a charge of supplying the Class A drug.

The court was told he supplied it to an undercover newspaper reporter in a winebar in Chafford Hundred, in 2009.

Terry’s solicitor Neil Saunders said he had been “targeted” by journalists because he was John Terry’s father.

Mr Saunders said his client was “embarrassed” because of the upset the incident, in November, had caused to his son.

Prosecutor Ricky Khagram said Terry had supplied drugs to a News of the World reporter called Dan Sanderson and been paid a total of £160.

Chairman of the bench John Toplis said sentencing should be decided by a Crown Court judge and not by magistrates.

Terry spoke only to confirm his personal details and to enter his guilty plea.

He will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on 1 June and was released on bail.

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