A Barnstaple cannabis dealer who blamed his jealous girlfriend for failing to do community payback work has been jailed.

Carl Blair claimed his girlfriend would not let him leave the house on time because she was suspicious about where he was going.

He missed a series of appointments and had already been given warnings and an extra 10 hours of unpaid work. He also claimed to have overslept because of the hot weather in August.

Blair, aged 40 of Hills View, Barnstaple, admitted breaching the terms of a suspended sentence and was jailed for eight months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him the excuses he provided for missing work sessions were inadequate and that he had thrown away his chance to stay out of prison.

Gareth Evans, prosecuting, said Blair received the suspended sentence in February when he admitted supplying a small circle of friends with cannabis and personal possession of cocaine.

He failed to keep appointments and was taken back to court in July, where a further 10 hours were added to the 100 in the original order.

Blair carried on his poor attendance and was given a further warning. He missed two more sessions in August, ringing up later to blame the hot weather and his jealous girlfriend.

Christopher Spencer, defending, said Blair had been delayed in leaving his home on one occasion by an argument with his girlfriend, who did not believe his account of where he was going.

He said on that occasion he only just failed to reach the pick up point in time and actually saw the bus leaving without him.