Man used drugs ‘to ease depression’

AN ILL man told a court he regularly uses amphetamines for the depression he suffers from due to him having cancer.

Ian Douglas was stopped by police driving a black Range Rover in Colwyn Road, Hartlepool, while they were on their way to search another suspect’s house.

The 52-year-old was found to have a small amount of the Class B drug amphetamine, known as “whizz” in his possession. Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “He was arrested for having the five grammes of whizz on him, which he says he bought for £30.

“He said he has cancer, and uses a gram a day to ease his depression.”

Douglas, of Colwyn Road, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of amphetamine from May 18.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor, said: “He’s been frank and honest in police interview saying he uses the drug on a regular basis to assist him with depression because he has cancer of the stomach and the drugs and everything else gets him down. He uses whizz to combat that.”

Chairman of the bench Keith Fisher sentenced him to a 24-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 costs.