Sunderland man faces second drugs charge in a month

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A MAN was collared with Ecstasy less than a month after being in court for carrying it in a city centre bar.

John Pillans was given a conditional discharge on March 5 after bouncers at Revolution, in Sunderland, caught him with 12 tablets of the Class A drug.

On March 31, police caught the 28-year-old carrying 13 Ecstasy pills, along with a small amount of the drug in powdered form, at Blandford Street in the city.

After his latest arrest, Pillans told police the Ecstasy did not belong to him.

Prosecutor Diane Spence said: “He said someone had pressed the items into his hand shortly before the police arrived.

“It was someone who had provided him with drugs in the past.

“He declined to name that person and claimed to be in some fear of them.”

Paul Cross, defending, said Pillans had not been given any help to quit his Ecstasy use after his first arrest.

Judge John Milford QC sentenced Pillans, of Gillside Grove, Roker, Sunderland, to a 12-month community order with supervision and a four-month night-time curfew.

The judge told him: “You committed exactly the same offence within the same month as the case was dealt with.”

The judge said if Pillans was caught with the drug again he could expect punishment of a more “unpleasant fashion”.

Paul Cross, defending, said Pillans, who admitted possession of a Class A drug, had carried on using the drug after his first court appearance but has now quit. He said: “He now seems to be committed, in a serious way, to giving it up.”

Ecstasy has been blamed for a number of deaths of young people across the North East and the rest of the country.

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