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Break-up forced man to take drugs

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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SADNESS over the anniversary of a relationship break up forced a drug user to turn to heroin and crack cocaine, a court has been told.

Anthony Monaghan, of Gordon Street, Burton, is being treated for drug abuse, but had a ‘blip’ when he was found with the class A drugs on March 28, his solicitor told magistrates in Burton yesterday.

He was handed a community order and placed under a curfew order by the bench.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, said Monaghan, 47, was stopped by police on Dallow Street, in the early hours of March 28.

He said the small amount of the drugs was for his own personal consumption and not to supply to other people.

When officers searched him, he was found to have £50 worth of heroin and £30 of crack cocaine,

Sonia Lawrence, mitigating, said: “He is already being treated and scripted.

“This was a blip, due to the anniversary of the break down of his relationship.

“Most of us would reach for the bottle.

“His drug of choice has always been heroin, so that is what he turned to.”

Magistrates ordered him to complete a 12-month community order, including the building skills for recovery programme, and imposed a 12-week curfew. He also has to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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