26th May, 2019

Drug addict wants to get daughter back

Worcester Editorial 2nd Jun, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN has been given a six- month community order for possessing three different types of Class A drugs.

David Derbyshire, of Woodmancote, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (May 22) to possession of 276 milligrams of heroin, 1.47 grams of crack cocaine, 254 milligrams of crack cocaine and three bottles making 136 millilitres of Methadone.

Lesley Ashton, prosecuting, told the court officers had obtained a warrant to search the 47-year-old’s property on March 26.

She said: “He was interviewed about these matters and said they were all for personal use as a long-term drug user of both and has been using heroin for 20 years and crack cocaine for ten years.”

The court heard the street value of the drugs was a total of about £170.

Defence solicitor Chris Hilton said the police seized Derbyshire’s mobile phone to search for evidence of supplying drugs but did not find any.

“Off his own back three weeks ago he attended Pathways to get assistance with his drug use, he has in the past attempted to get himself clean and has done on several occasions,” he added.

He told District Judge, David Noble the defendant had a daughter who used to live with him who he can now only see on designated days but would like to have her living with him again.

Mr Hilton said: “His daughter has said she would like to live with him again but he knows social services will not allow that until he can prove the environment would be dangerous and she would not be at risk.”

District Judge Noble said: “I am a cynical man and I think you were lucky with the amount the police found and that you got a break that day but I have put that out of my mind and I am mindful that you have started to address your drug use.

“There is only one person who can sort out your life and that is you.”

He gave Derbyshire a 20-day drug rehabilitation requirement and ordered him to pay a £100 fine, £60 victim surcharge and court costs of £80.

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