A DRUG dealer who was spared a jail term has had his sentence referred to the Attorney General for being too lenient.

Daniel Lewis admitted supplying a cocktail of class A, B and C drugs from his plush former seafront pad in Chichester Terrace in Brighton.

The 30-year-old lived there rent free courtesy of his wealthy grandfather’s trust fund, and boasted of making money by selling “party platters” including cocaine, ketamine, and LSD.

But his illicit dealing came to an end when Geordie Shore glamour model Aimee Spencer plunged to her death from the kitchen window while high on a cocktail of drugs.

At Lewes Crown Court he was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence by Judge Christine Laing QC.

She said that while he faced a jail spell, the sentencing guidelines are not “tramlines” from which she cannot deviate.

Instead, she ordered him to complete 300 hours of unpaid work, along with rehabilitation and a four-month curfew.

The apparent leniency of his sentence sparked outrage, and a referral was made to the Attorney General for being unduly lenient.

Lenient sentences can be referred by the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, or by the public, and the merits of the case must be decided within 28 days.

Cases may then be referred to the Court of Appeal for re-sentencing.

Previously, Nicola Shannon, prosecuting, said police had originally launched a murder investigation after Lewis was seen standing by the window in an “agitated” state by a neighbour.

But he was cleared of any wrongdoing.

He had answered the door to officers naked and high on drugs.

Inside police found drugs stashed in drawers and behind a fridge. In total it was worth between £8,000 and £15,000.

Lewis shared the flat with his then girlfriend, now wife, Helen Dawson, who is now a superintendent radiographer at a hospital in Brighton.

Ms Shannon said Lewis purchased drugs wholesale on the dark web then cut it for customers, which was run on a “nationwide scale”.

Meanwhile, sums totalling £20,000 had been deposited in his bank account.

Stephen Kamlish, defending, said that while Lewis admitted dealing the drugs, he was only a “one man band”.

He said his client, of Piddinghoe Avenue in Peacehaven, got addicted to drugs, then learned to supply friends on the party scene.

In the past year he has moved out of Brighton, got himself off drugs, and now volunteers full-time to help an autism charity.

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