A 39-YEAR-OLD has been handed a 12-month community order after being caught smoking cannabis at work – before throwing his boots at a colleague as he stormed out.
Desmond Totton was also found to have stolen three bottles of perfume from the Boots distribution centre in Burton, where the pair worked.
Totton, who lives at the P3 Hostel in Midland Road, Swadlincote, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to assault by beating, theft by employee and possession of a Class B drug.
The court heard how both Totton and his colleague David Cordy were working at the Boots warehouse in the early hours of December 14, when Mr Cordy saw Totten in the designated smoking area and could smell cannabis.
It was then that Mr Cordy alerted a security officer who accompanied Totton to his locker ,where a tobacco tin was found. He was taken to the CCTV room while they waited for police to arrive.
The court heard how, at that point, Totton became agitated and tried to leave the room, pushing his hand into Mr Cordy’s face. He threw his hi-visibility jacket and boots at Cordy, which hit him in the forehead, leaving a red mark.
Totton was stopped by police shortly afterwards as he walked along a road close to the warehouse and was arrested.
At the police station, the three bottles of perfume were found concealed down the front of his trousers.
He told police he had intended to give them out as Christmas presents.
Sonia Lawrence, defending, told magistrates: “He accepts he lost his temper. The possession of cannabis was a very small amount, which he said he bought for £10.
“He only smoked half of it and he has not taken any drugs since then. At the moment he has got stable, supported accommodation. There are currently lots of positives in his life.
“Given the strides he has made I would ask you to assist and support him.”
Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and gave Totton a 12-month community order, with 12 months’ supervision. He is also required to attend thinking skills sessions and was ordered to pay £50 compensation, with £80 costs and a victim surcharge of £60.