A jobless man who claimed to have fathered 22 children by 11 women was yesterday spared jail for dealing drugs – after telling a judge he needed to help care for his youngest.
Raymond Hull, 58, who has been married only once and has lived off benefits for a decade, insisted ‘I just love kids’, but admitted he was in contact with only ‘about 12’ of them.
Despite police finding a stash of cannabis and text messages from customers, a judge accepted he was helping to raise child number 22 – seven-month-old Barry – while his partner returned to work.
I just love kids,’ he said. ‘I don’t regret anything, even though I don’t speak to them all. Some of them don’t even know I’m their dad.’ And he bragged: ‘I don’t know what it is about me, but I’m never short of offers.
It’s just my luck that every time I have a one-night stand, the girl ends up getting pregnant.
‘I’ve never had to chase after women. I’m easy going, they are always chasing me.
Ladies, would you offer yourself to ol’ Raymond?
Hull claims to have fathered his first child when he was 16, but according to local birth records his eldest, John, was born when he was 19. Later that year, in 1975, he married John’s mother, Patricia, then just 17, and over the next nine years they had four more children – Raymond Jr, now 37, Joseph, 36, Adrian, 34, and Rebecca, 29.
‘I only know one or two of their birthdays, but they don’t mind. One of the girls got a sister for her birthday one year,’ he recalled yesterday.
Raymond has even worked out an amicable situation with some of his baby mamas
‘I agreed with some of my exes now that if they get married to someone else, and another man raises the kid, it is not my kid anymore. I see 14 of my kids who know I am their dad all the time’.
SMH. As for the consequences of his drug dealing…
He claimed to be in debt – but his baby son was playing with an iPad when a reporter visited this week. Hull, who also claims to have 19 grandchildren, was arrested after police raided his terraced home last May and discovered cannabis worth £350.
Examination of his mobile phone revealed a text message telling a customer there would be a delay in supplying drugs due to Barry’s impending birth.
Hull admitted using cannabis to help with his own medical problems at Carlisle Crown Court, but claimed he only sold to friends to cover costs. However, Judge Paul Batty QC dismissed Hull’s claims as a ‘cock and bull story’. Hull then abandoned his story, choosing not to give evidence in support of it.
In mitigation, Anthony Wilson said Hull had ‘a number of medicinal conditions’ including breathing problems, back pains and frequent chest infections which would make any time in prison difficult.
He suggested that a suspended sentence could be imposed so that Hull could stay at home and look after the baby while his partner went back to work.
Judge Batty imposed an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years. He also put Hull under a night-time curfew for the next six months and ordered him pay £200 which will be taken out of his benefits.
Let his guy have been a black man selling that yahmean to feed his 22 kids, his azz would have been under the jail faster than you can spell “piff”.