Drug user is spared prison

A REVELLER who was caught by police taking drugs outside of a nightclub has avoided jail.

Robert Peter Beevers was spotted by officers taking drugs outside of the Nexus bar, in Church Street, Hartlepool.

He ran off but was nabbed a short distance away and was found to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

When he was searched again at the police station, officers also found a bag of cocaine.

Beevers, of York Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and possession of cocaine on January 22.

District Judge Martin Walker, sitting at Hartlepool Magistrates Court, spared the 21-year-old a custodial sentence due to it being his first drugs offence.

He sentenced Beevers to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 costs, saying: “Possession of drugs can and sometimes lead to immediate custody.

“However, in your case this is the first time you’ve appeared in a court of law for anything relating to drugs.

“Be warned and be careful that even cannabis can have significant problems and can cause mental illness or make mental illness worse.

“Cocaine is a highly addictive drug and people who don’t have enough money for it nearly always have to steal to fund the habit.”

Prosecutor Samantha Morgan-Bayliss told the court that Beevers came to the officers’ attention around 2.20am.

She said: “Officers in Church Street became aware that the defendant was involved in the taking of drugs outside of Nexus.

“He saw police and ran off and was detained a short distance away and initial searches showed him to be in possession of cannabis.

“He was taken to the police station where he was searched further and a plastic bag containing a white powder was found. This was confirmed to be cocaine.

“The defendant made full admissions to both possessions for his own personal use.”

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said: “My client has periodically used cannabis but he tells me there’s no problem with drugs.”