Two men have been sentenced after being involved in the supply of £60,000 worth of illegal drugs, including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.
Alex Von Nidda aka Alex King, 42 (12.7.1976) of Weymouth Street, Marylebone, was convicted in his absence of two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, one charge of conspiracy to supply class B drugs and one charge of conspiracy to supply class C drugs, on 22 January after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.
He was sentenced to 11 years in total today, Friday, 25 January.
Baljit Gill, 38 (23/11/80) Central Avenue, Welling, Kent, was convicted of the same offences on 24 January after a trial at the same court.
He was sentenced to nine years in total.
On 29 June 2016 a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant was executed at the address of King’s one bedroom flat in Weymouth Street.
A search was conducted of the address and a large quantity of Class A, B and C drugs were recovered including cocaine, MDMA powder, ecstasy pills, crack cocaine, ketamine and diazepam. The street value of the drugs was approximately £60,000.
The investigation by officers from the Met’s Trident Unit identified that King was involved in a conspiracy to supply significant amounts of drugs with Gill, who was subsequently arrested on 12 August 2016.
Gill was linked to the conspiracy by his fingerprints being found on one of the boxes that contained the drugs and he was also linked to the phones used for drug dealing.
Both men were subsequently charged and several court dates were set at Southwark Crown Court for trial during 2017/18 which have then been vacated due to medical reasons or changes in legal defence and legal aid by King.
On 26 February 2018 the trial was in the warned list, King’s lawyers reported to the court that he was taken to hospital the night before so the trial was delayed after the judge ordered further medical information on his condition. No medical evidence was produced by King.
On 28 February 2018 the matter was fixed for trial. King failed to appear for trial and claimed to be at University College hospital, London, claiming to be medically unfit. The fixed trial was cancelled and a new trial date was set.
On 18 June 2018, the matter was again listed for trial. Kings defence reported again that he was taken to hospital the night before trial to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington as result of a road traffic collision.
On 25 June 2018, the matter was again fixed for trial. Enquires at St Mary’s Hospital confirmed that King was admitted to hospital on the 17 June after a minor road traffic collision. King was released from St Mary’s Hospital on the 22 June.
No medical information was provided by King to the court to corroborate that he was suffering any medical condition. As a result the fixed trial was broken again and a new one set for January 2019.
In late August 2018, King breached his bail, which required him to stay overnight at his home address in London, after he travelled to north Wales and purchased a boat from Holyhead Marina, which he then sailed out to sea.
At about 3am on the 1 September 2018 the RNLI were called out to the boat to rescue King and his girlfriend, who had got into difficulty.
King returned to London and was subsequently arrested on the 5 September 2018 for breaching his bail conditions. He was remanded to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on the same day.
King was granted bail but with further conditions of an electronic tag curfew and to sign on daily at Charing Cross Police Station.
On the evening of the 16 September, King and his girlfriend travelled to Wiltshire and went for a meal in a restaurant in Salisbury.
Whilst in the restaurant King collapsed. Due to the recent high profile Novichok poisoning in Salisbury, this was treated as a major incident by Wiltshire Police and King was taken to hospital.
Doctors at the hospital were unable to find any poison, toxin or immediately obvious neurological reason that may explain his symptoms. King was released from Salisbury District Hospital on the 19 September as he was medically fit to be released.
A warrant was issued for King's arrest after he failed to appear at court on 13 November.
At the start of his trial on 14 January, as King was voluntarily absent and could not be located, the judge determined that King was going to be tried in his absence due to his belief that King had made numerous attempts to frustrate the trial process to avoid trial.
An application was made by Gill's legal team to be tried on his own and the trials were split.
King is currently wanted by police and anyone with information about his current location is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Detective Constable Dharmesh Bakrania, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime, team said: “After being charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, King has repeatedly delayed and frustrated attempts to bring him to justice.
“King was caught with a significant quantity of illegal drugs and has been given a significant sentence. I would urge anyone that knows of his whereabouts to contact police immediately.”