11:38 Friday 13 December 2013

Drug user spared jail by the courts

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

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A DRUG user was given a fresh chance after admitting taking heroin again when her mother died.

Jackie Whetton, of The Burrows, in Newhall, was handed a year’s probation and six months drug treatment.

The 51-year-old appeared at Derby Crown Court and admitted possessing heroin on April 2 when she was stopped and searched in the street.

Recorder Adrienne Lucking was told Whetton had several previous convictions for having drugs, although she had stayed out of trouble for more than nine years up to 2011.

The recorder told her: “You plainly need help.

“You will benefit from the assistance and the general public will benefit from you getting off and staying off heroin.

“You really need to take this opportunity with both hands.

“It is up to you to get back on your feet from bereavement after the loss of your mother.”

Justin Ablott, defending, said: “She has had this problem for 20 years and says this has taken a large part of her life away from her.”

He said Whetton returned to using Class A drugs following the death of her mother.

She would welcome any help in tackling the problem, he added.

Sarah Munro, prosecuting, said Whetton and a man were spotted in a street and appeared to exchange items.

When checked, she had a small amount of heroin and £5 on her.

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