A NEW dad stocked up on cannabis to help him relax from the stress of screaming children while on holiday with his family.
A sergeant returning to Seaham Police Station decided to check out a car after spotting it had pulled up outside a nearby youth club despite the club being closed.
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard when the officer searched the car, he found the drugs and challenged the three people who had been sitting inside.
Among them was Wayne Horner, who said the substance was his.
Debra Jones, prosecuting, said: “The officer could smell what he believed was cannabis and there was cannabis in the vehicle and saw a plastic bag in the footwell.
“Mr Horner accepted immediately that they were his.
“He was taken to the station, interviewed and confirmed he had purchased the cannabis for £80, adding it was for personal use.”
Mrs Jones added a request for the drugs to be forfeited.
Horner, 34, from North Railway Street, in Seaham, admitted possession of a Class B drug on August 2.
Helen Adams, mitigating, said: “He was one of three occupants in the car and made a full admission.
“It was to chill out on holiday and he was going with a group including screaming children for a fortnight and needed something to relax.
“This was an isolated incident and he should get credit for his early guilty plea.”
She added he was a “family man” and dad to children, who were 19 months old and three weeks old at the time of the incident and is also the carer for his partner.
The bench, who heard Horner, is on employment support allowance, fined him £73, reduced from £110 for his early guilty plea.
Horner was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.