Former Middleham jockey – who went on run dressed as Where’s Wally – sentenced for drugs offences

John James McMenamin.

A former jockey who went on the run and taunted police by dressing up as Where’s Wally has been sentenced for drug offences.

John James McMenamin, 31, appeared via video link from Durham Police at Teesside Crown Court last week to be sentenced alongside Zachary Sparrow, 21.

The pair were arrested after police raided their house in Leyburn and found amounts of cocaine and cannabis, a set of scales and £2,738 in cash.

This story continues after the adverts:

 

The pair were each were given 18 month jail sentences, suspended for two years, as they pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

McMenamin was also ordered to 125 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said he did not want to wreck their prospects but warned they would serve prison sentences if they offended again.

McMenamin, from South Bank near Redcar, and Sparrow, from Leyburn, failed to answer bail following their arrest on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

Zachery Martyn Sparrow

Sparrow was found in June and McMenamin was captured in July.

It was the second time McMenamin had sought to evade police.

In January, he attracted headlines around the world after dressing up as Where’s Wally while on the run from police for motoring offences.

He eventually handed himself in to police after evading them for several days and updating Facebook with pictures and videos of himself dressed as the children’s book character.

JJ McMenamin live streamed his arrival at Harrogate police station on Facebook.

He filmed his arrival at Harrogate Police Station singing along to Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues and Lionel Ritchie’s Hello, which includes the lyric “is it me you’re looking for?”

McMenamin has three rides for Middleham-based Jedd O’Keeffe over hurdles in 2006.