Addict’s tears as court told of his fresh drug-free start

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A YOUNG Boston man who was charged with possession of drugs with intent to supply has apologised to the court after turning his life around and making a drug-free fresh start.

Mark Pelling, of Peck Avenue, Boston, had tears running down his cheeks as his case was heard at Boston Magistrates’ Court last week, when Phillipa Chatterton, defending, recounted the experiences which led to his conviction.

The bench was told that police had received intelligence that Pelling and another man may have been in possession of methylethylcathinone, also known as M-Cat.

After tracking him down and conducting a stop and search on January 10 this year, officers found he had six wraps of the drug on him.

His home was later searched and police found more drugs hidden in his bedroom, along with a book full of contacts for dealing drugs and items related to selling them on, said Jim Clare, prosecuting.

In a police interview, the 20-year-old said he sold the substance as he owed money in drug debts, Mr Clare added, telling the bench that Pelling had been on bail for this offence when he was found in possession of another amount of drugs.

He received a community order with supervision for this offence and referred to Addaction, the court was told.

However, Phillipa Chatterton, defending, said the set of circumstances which led to both these offences were such that he was linked to drug misuse.

She added that a family break up when he was younger had led to him dabbling in cannabis, and in recent years he had turned to former legal high M-Cat after his ex-girlfriend had a miscarriage and he sought something to rid him of the emotional pain.

On several occasions after the loss of his child he tried to commit suicide, and found himself in hospital for several months recovering from mental health issues, the court was told.

Ms Chatterton said: “He did it (the drug) and quickly became addicted, but he could not work because of his mental health problems.

“It’s a vicious cycle – he got drug debts – and he was told that if he didn’t sell the drugs physical harm would come to him.”

He is now in a new relationship and has been mking rapid progress with his court orders, magistrates heard.

Pelling pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B when he stood before magistrates on Wednesday.

He was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The chair of the bench also requested forfeiture and destruction of the drugs which were seized.