Cannabis ‘was to help man sleep’

A MAN who was found in possession of cannabis said he smoked the drug as it helped him to sleep.

Paul Campion was walking along Duke Street, in Hartlepool, when police stopped and searched him.

They found a small amount of the class B drug on the 25-year-old which he said he had just bought from a mate for £10 and was for his own personal use to help him sleep.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The defendant was stopped and searched in Duke Street, Hartlepool.

“He was found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis. He was arrested and interviewed and said he’d gone to a friend’s and bought a £10 bag of cannabis. He said he bought the drug as it helps him to sleep.

“The defendant has no previous convictions recorded against him.”

Campion, of Tristram Avenue, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, represented himself in court and pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis on February 26.

He told justices: “It was for my own personal use. I don’t go about walking the streets smoking it, I try to keep it to myself. I’ve been trying to cut down I used to be quite a heavy smoker of it.”

Chairman of the bench John Jenkins fined him £30 and ordered him to pay £50 costs.