‘Paul Boucher, 52, praised for his bravery while serving with the Army in Northern Ireland, was spared jail after he said the drug was to ease former soldiers’ suffering.
An SAS hero who smuggled cannabis into the UK for his suffering ex-army colleagues after claiming the Government had failed to care for them has been spared jail by a sympathetic judge.
Paul Boucher, 52, who was mentioned in dispatches for his ‘inspirational leadership and bravery’ in Northern Ireland where he saved lives, said the Government had “let down” his fellow soldiers who were suffering from a range of conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder.
A court heard he was forced to leave the army because of disabilities from his distinguished 22-year service with the Army.
They included a spinal injury from parachute jumping, deafness in both ears, osteoarthritis in his left knee and depression.
Boucher moved to the warmer climate of Spain and was caught trying to drive through Dover with 1.7kgs of cannabis worth £7,000 hidden in his car.’