“I had nothing to lose” – UEA graduate’s tragic spiral into crack and heroin


A former history teacher and UEA graduate has told a court she felt she had “nothing to lose” by falling into the world of drugs.
Angela Davey, 38, was due to be sentenced for her role in a drugs conspiracy in Norwich on Friday.

But after hearing she had been “coerced”, a judge has called Davey to give evidence.

Davey graduated from UEA with a 2:1 in history in 2003 and stayed on to complete a PGCE with a term of teacher training at the Hewett School.

She soon moved into teaching children with special educational needs at the Clare School and latterly Eaton Hall.
But by 2016 her marriage had broken down, and within two years she ended up homeless.

In a letter to Judge Katharine Moore, Davey said: “I felt I had nothing left to lose by immersing myself in crack cocaine and heroin”.

Andrew Oliver, mitigating for Davey, said she had “never been in trouble” before she got caught up in drugs.

“She was leading up to 2016 a relatively normal lifestyle,” he said. “She had a husband and two young children but there were tragic circumstances that led to her use of crack cocaine and heroin.
“There was the extreme distress she suffered

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