4 Dec 2013

Former Pike River worker jailed

3:23 pm on 4 December 2013

A former Pike River worker has been sentenced to jail for drug abuse and dealing after the mining disaster led to him turning to drugs.

Joshua Murray Jackson was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday to four years and six months in jail.

The 26-year-old had admitted charges of dealing in class A and B drugs, selling class C drugs, the possession of drug utensils and equipment, and the possession of firearms and explosives.

The offending took place from September 2012 to January this year.

In 2010, 29 workers were killed following a series of explosions at the West Coast mine.