Privileged son found with drugs at Bestival


Ishmael Osamor, born with a silver spoon, is the 29-year-old son of a Labour frontbench MP. He managed to avoid prison after being caught last year at Dorset music festival Bestival in Lulworth with a large stash of Class-A drugs worth £2,500 –a significant quantity of cannabis and ketamine, 7.5g of cocaine, and 30g of ecstasy.

Ishmael was arrested on the 8th of September, 2017, which was just two days after the daughter of actor John Michie, Louella Michie, was found dead at the same festival from an overdose of ketamine and MDMA. There is no suggestion that this event is linked to Ishmael.

His mother, Kate Osamor, the MP for Edmonton, is the shadow secretary for international development.  Osamor works in the House of Commons as her communications director and is a councillor in north London. Ms. Osamor is said to have previously criticised the government for its failed war on drugs.

He admitted, on October 19, at Bournemouth Crown Court, to three offences of possession with intent to supply ketamine (Class B), MDMA (Class A), and cocaine (Class A), and a fourth charge possession of cannabis.

He was able to avoid jail after his defence team made a plea to the Crown Prosecution Service that he and his friends intended to keep the drugs for themselves and that he had no intention of selling them.

In the place of a four year jail sentence, Judge Climie placed Osamor on a two-year community order with 200 hours of unpaid work, 20 days of rehabilitation activity, and a fine of £400 prosecution costs.


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