Drug user in court

A DRUG user faced town magistrates after police found him carrying cannabis.

Brendan Thomas Gibson, 27, was approached by officers in Sheriff Street, Hartlepool, in the early hours of Thursday, February 16.

Lilian Atkinson, prosecuting at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, said: “Police found the defendant to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

“He admitted it was his and said he was given it earlier that day, he said was going to smoke it before he went to bed.”

Adrian Morris, mitigating, told the court Gibson, of Everett Street, Hartlepool, is jobless and “surviving on the bare minimum”.

Mr Morris said: “You may think after hearing that, where is he getting the money to buy cannabis.

“But he didn’t buy this drug, he was given it.”

Mr Morris said the amount of cannabis discovered was just a very small amount and enough for “half a joint”.

He asked magistrates to recognise his early guilty plea.

Gibson was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £30 court costs.