Drug user fined after police found syringe full of heroin in Hartlepool home

Hartlepool Magistrates' Court
Hartlepool Magistrates' Court
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A WOMAN has been landed with a £175 court bill after police found a syringe filled with heroin in a shoebox in her Hartlepool home.

Police officers discovered the Class A drug when they attended the house of Claire Ross looking for a man they wanted to speak to.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told that 29-year-old Ross was inside the house at the time.

Prosecuting, Guy Prest, told justices: “The matter before you is a simple possession of Class A drugs.

“Police attended the defendant’s house looking for a male associate.

“While they were there they found a prepared syringe in a shoebox next to the sofa.”

He added: “Ross admited possession of the item, saying it was for her own use.

“This was a small amount, but a serious amount because it is a Class A drug.”

Ross, of Kilmarnock Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin on January 3.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said his client had the drug because she was going through an “unhappy” period in her life.

He said: “Her life has not been particularly good over the last year.

“Her partner died because of an overdose, and she lost her house because of that.

“She has been misusing heroin. Times have been very difficult for her and she’s gone back to taking drugs and is not particularly happy about it.

“This has been a time of unhappiness.”

Justices fined Ross £70, ordered her to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.