A MAN found with an array of drugs and money at his house is set to be sentenced.

Police officers found an undisclosed quantity of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis during a raid of Brian Renaut’s property on July 29 last year.

The force also discovered a sum of illegal money stashed in the house in Chilburn Road, Clacton, and an extendable metal baton it deemed to be a weapon.

Renaut, 43, was subsequently arrested and later admitted possession of a Class A drug, uncounted cash and a weapon, as well as two counts of possessing Class B drugs.

He was due to be sentenced yesterday for his crimes but a fresh investigation has arisen into Renaut relating to alleged offences on June 1 last year.

Paul Valder, prosecuting, said it was a “rather unsatisfactory situation” but stressed he felt Judge Timothy Walker should be offered the chance to deal with all matters together.

He said: “Any charging decision from the police is weeks away, I’d be misleading the court if I didn’t say that.

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“I readily accept it’s not a helpful position but it’s the reality of the situation."

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Phillipa Beswick, mitigating, said her client was content to be sentenced yesterday while the separate investigation was carried out.

She added: “He [Renaut] doesn’t want to wait for the outcome on another charge while waiting for the outcome of this matter, which has been hanging over him for a long time.

Taking the decision to adjourn matters for a fortnight, Judge Walker said the potentially impending charges at face value outweighed yesterday’s matter.

He said: “I appreciate investigations are taking considerably longer than pre-pandemic, but nonetheless this has been ongoing for almost a year.

“I want further information about how likely he is to be charged on this fresh matter, I do want a little more information.

“I am adjourning with the expectation you [Mr Valder] will have further information for me as I simply do not know where the police officers are in relation to the new investigation.”

Renaut will now appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 25 to be sentenced.