Heroin used ‘to ease pain in back’

A DRUG user who claimed he took heroin for his bad back has been told by a judge to find another method of pain relief.

John Gray, 49, was caught with £190 of the Class A drug when police raided his Hartlepool home.

He was found with a plastic bag containing just over three grams of heroin hidden on his body.

They also discovered a toy egg with three wraps of the drug in an upstairs bedroom.

Gray was arrested and charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

But he said the heroin was for his own personal use as he pleaded guilty to simple possession at Teesside Crown Court.

Jim Withyman, mitigating, said Lauder had tried to stay clear of drugs over the past 10 years.

He said: “He had started to use heroin for pain relief. He had an operation on his back.”

Gray, of Derwent Street, Hartlepool, was given 30 weeks in prison but will be released immediately after serving longer than that while on remand.

Judge Peter Armstrong said: “You want to get some pain relief other than Class A drugs or you will be coming back to prison for a very long time.”