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Man caught using MCAT outside Burton college is given conditional discharge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

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A MAN caught using MCAT in a Burton street by police has been handed a conditional discharge.

Lee Davis, 26, of Hawfield Lane, pleaded guilty to possession of a both a class A and class B controlled drug at Burton Magistrates' Court. Magistrates were told how in the early hours of May 22 Davis was on the steps by Burton and South Derbyshire College when he was approached by PC Fox of Staffordshire Police, who suspected that he was using drugs. He had been drinking with friends at both the Dog Inn and Leopard Inn in Lichfield Street before leaving to find somewhere where they could be taken.

When approached, the court was told that Davis was asked if he had any drugs in his possession and immediately told the officer that he had both cocaine and mephedrone, most commonly known as MCAT, which he had bought for £60, in one of his pockets.

Prosecuting, Emma Thompson said: "He was with another man, known as 'Tom'. The defendant had used a £20 note which he rolled up to snort the drug.

"He organised them into lines and Tom asked if he could have some, to which the defendant originally replied 'No, it's mine' before changing his mind. However, he is not charged with supplying the drug, considering the small amount."

Sukhi Ark, defending, said that the quantity of drugs found on Davis – 215 milligrams of cocaine and 1.93 grams of mephedrone – was so small that it was not possible for a true street value to be given. He said: "He admitted to having drugs on him straight away and told the officer where they were. He went to the police station and made full and frank admissions.

"He suffers with anxiety issues and this was his way of picking himself up. He has now cut out everyone in his life who is involved with drugs.

"He is someone who has turned his life around and although he is currently out of work he has been doing some work as a DJ."

Magistrates handed Davis a 12 month conditional discharge but warned him that should he re-offend during this time then he would also face sentencing for the offence.

They also ordered him to pay court costs of £85.

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