Man bought cocaine in celebration of friend’s boxing victory

Court News
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A man who was celebrating a friend’s boxing win, was caught in a Boston nightclub with cocaine after being offered it by one of the group he was with.

James Britton, 31, of Everingtons Lane, Skegness, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, charged with possessing a controlled substance on March 8.

Prosecutor Marie Stace said that at 2.40am, a door supervisor at the Assembly Rooms, on Fish Hill, in Boston, was carrying out a check of the toilets when he saw Britton taking what he believed to be a controlled substance - noting he could see him wrap up white powder inside a bag.

He waited until Britton came out of the toilet and asked him what he was doing, to which the defendant admitted he had taken the drug and was taken to the front of the club where officers were called.

Ms Stace said that in interview Britton admitted to officers he hadn’t been out in a while, had got drunk and decided to buy £40 of cocaine for ‘personal use’.

He was also in breach of a conditional discharge.

Defending Mike Alexander said Britton had admitted the offence at the earliest opportunity when approached by the door supervisor and interviewed by police.

He said Britton had not been out for a while and said he had two children.

He said that on the night in question Britton had been to Grantham to see his friend in a boxing match.

He said the friend had been on an 11 win undefeated run, which he continued that night, and so decided to celebrate with Britton and some other friends.

Mr Alexander said that while he and his friends were out, one of the group asked Britton if he had ever tried cocaine - which the defendant said no to.

He said: “Britton does not use and has not used it in the past. This was the first time and it was a one off. He admits it was a silly thing to have done.

“He was out with a group of friends and was drunk and his guard was done. He says ‘I did something stupid’.”

Britton has previous convictions for cannabis in 2013 but Mr Alexander said he does not take cannabis now.

Britton was given a £120 fine, and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 cost. No action was taken on the breach because the conditional discharge only had eight days remaining and the drugs were ordered to be forfeited and destroyed.