Tablets sent by ‘good Samaritan’

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A BID to be a good Samaritan proved a costly error for a 29-year-old man.

 Liam Cummings was hauled before magistrates after trying to post his strong painkillers to a friend he had met online.

 Unemployed Cummings, from Farringdon, Sunderland, attempted to post 32 diazepam tablets to a pal in London on January 12.

 But staff at the post office in Gerrard Road, Grindon, checked out the package and alerted police.

 At Sunderland Magistrates’ Court Cummings, of Allendale Square, pleaded guilty to possession of a class C drug with intent to supply.

 Prosecuting, David Richardson said: “The defendant went into the post office with a package and said he wanted it to be sent recorded delivery.

 “Staff noticed the package appeared to have tablets inside it.

 “Police were called and it was handed over.”

 Defending, Chris Wilson said Cummings had formed a friendship with a person online who suffered a similar type of back pain to himself.

 He added “As the friendship progressed, he was asked by the person in London if he could send him some tablets.

 “He was trying to act as a good Samaritan.”

 Chairman of the bench Joan Heckles imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered Cummings pay £85 costs.