Young dad had drug in pocket

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A NEW dad who bought cocaine after watching a football match has been spared jail.

Jonathan McGhin intended to share the drug with a friend, Durham Crown Court heard.

He was only caught with the drug after a “street incident” in The Avenue in Seaham, said Shaun Dryden, prosecuting.

Although McGhin was not involved in that, he was spoken to by police and then searched.

Officers found 3.9g of cocaine in his pocket, which he said he bought for £100.

McGhin, 20, of The Avenue, Seaham, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply it on February 1.

Ian Hudson, defending, said in mitigation: “He is a young man of previous good character who is in work.

“His probation report is excellent and he can pay some costs, although money is tight because there is another mouth to feed.

“Brevity is the essence of good advocacy, so I will say no more.”

Judge Neil Clark sentenced McGhin to eight months in prison, suspended for 15 months, and 100 hours of community work. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs.