Man had drugs on way to court

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A DOPEY defendant who was caught with a stash of drugs as he made his way to a court hearing has avoided a prison sentence.

Kyle Smith, of The Royalty, Sunderland, was involved in a skirmish at South Shields Metro station on January 12.

When officers arrived, the 22-year-old denied any involvement, saying he didn’t want to get into any trouble, because he was on his way to Newcastle to be sentenced for possessing drugs.

But then Smith dropped a wrap filled with 22 diazepam tablets and cannabis in front of the officers – who arrested him again.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Smith appeared to be sentenced for possession of a Class B and a Class C drug. He had previously admitted the charges at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

His latest offence was also in breach of a suspended sentence imposed on February 24 2011 for burglary.

Prosecutor Paul Rowland said: “There had been reports of a fight at South Shields Metro station.

“When police arrived, the defendant was there. He told officers he was on his way to crown court.

“He was arrested on suspicion of affray and placed in the police van.

“A small wrap of blue pills and another substance dropped between his legs.”

Forensic examinations found the tablets to be diazepam, and the other substance to be cannabis.

Mr Rowland added that Smith had a 12-month sentence suspended for 18 months for the burglary.

David Comb, defending, said: “He had been involved in a far more serious offence, and had been given a further opportunity.”

Smith was given a three-month community order for the drug possession charges, and was also handed a 12-hour curfew between 7am and 7pm.

Judge Leslie Spittal also increased Smith’s suspended sentence by a further three months for the breach.

Judge Spittal told him: “For the breach of the suspended sentence I am extending it by three months.

“Make sure that you continue along the good path you have been following.”

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