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Fined for cannabis possession in Burton pub

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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A 25-YEAR-OLD man with 19 previous offences chose to try and enjoy a night out with cannabis and a grinder in his pocket.

However, Thor Casey was swiftly arrested by police after he was wrestled to the ground by doormen during at night out in Burton town centre, and the Class B drug was later found.

Casey, of Rushton Close, Tutbury, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to admit possessing a small quantity of cannabis and a cannabis grinder, but a second charge of being drunk and disorderly in New Street was withdrawn after the court heard that police provided no evidence of the offence in a statement.

The court heard that at 1.50am on December 8 police attended the Anchor pub, in New Street, Burton, and found Casey being restrained by the doormen on the floor.

The police arrested him for being drunk and disorderly in a public place but prosecution made an application to withdraw this charge as the police offered no statement

Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, said: “He was taken to the station and police found a small quantity of cannabis and a grinder. The doormen said he had been drinking but there was no evidence of disorder.”

In interview, Casey made full admission to the drug possession offence and said the cannabis was what was left from a £10 bag and would not name his dealer.

Police discovered the cannabis in the left hand pocket of his jacket as well as a grinder containing cannabis.

The court was also told that Casey has 10 previous convictions for 19 offences stretching back to 2003 – when he was just 14-years-old.

The last time he was before the court was on May 17 for disorderly conduct.

Defending against his drug possession charge, Casey’s solicitor, John Skinner, said: “It was a small amount of cannabis just for personal use.”

He also added that his client, who receives Employment Support Allowance (ESA), has outstanding fines in Derby from previous offences.

He was fined £70, with £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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