Drug baron’s wife jailed for 15 months
PUBLISHED: 17:21 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:28 25 August 2010
THE common law wife of Britain s biggest drug baron was jailed for 15 months last Monday for laundering some of the proceeds of his multi-million pound empire.
THE common law wife of Britain's biggest drug baron was jailed for 15 months last Monday for laundering some of the proceeds of his multi-million pound empire.
Sarah-Jane Hart, 41, of Crescent Gardens, Swanley, 'asked no questions' about the source of Robert Flook's vast wealth while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle.
Flook, 47, of Eltham Park Gardens, Eltham, was jailed for 26 years in February after he was caught smuggling vast quanties of cannabis and cocaine into the UK.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard the housewife sent two of her three children to expensive private schools, while she and Flook spent £2,000-a-month on their mortgage.
The pair even set up even set up a 'Two-Bob Trust' for their children.
But Hart now faces destitution after she admitted paying £141,663 of criminal money into her bank account over three years.
Jailing her for 15 months, Judge Aiden Marron QC told her: "You concealed nearly £150,000 over three years - it must have been perfectly clear to you in my judgement, that you realised that Flook was involved in serious criminal activity.
"It is right to observe that you enjoyed a lavish lifestyle during the commission of this offence."
But the court heard Hart did not know that her husband was involved in drug smuggling.
Judge Marron said: "The fact that your partner was engaged in drug importation on an absolutely huge scale is irrelevant to the disposal of your case.
"You will be sentenced on the basis that you didn't realise that the monies emanated from drugs activities."
Hart gasped 'No' as the sentence was passed, while supporters in the public gallery waved tearfully as she was led from the dock.