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Cannabis possession lands North Lynn man with return to crown court

A North Lynn man faces a return to crown court after twice being caught in possession of a small amount of cannabis.

By committing the offences Oliver Charles Watkins admitted he had breached a suspended sentence for offering to supply the class B controlled drug.

That four-month jail term could now be imposed.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)

Lynn Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday that the 28-year-old had three grams of herbal cannabis on him when police spoke to him on January 23.

Prosecutor Denise Holland said Watkins reacted badly to being arrested and a member of the public was concerned enough at his swearing to complain.

He pleaded guilty to drug possession and disorderly behaviour.

Four days after that incident, police searching his property found cannabis on a desk and window sill and a wrap in a hoodie.

Watkins told police in interview that he had bought a quarter of an ounce, which normally lasted him a week.

In court, he pleaded guilty to the second count of possession too.

Solicitor Jackie Upton, in mitigation, said the drug was for his own use and there was no suggestion of supply.

"The [suspended sentence] order was over in July but unfortunately these offences were committed when the order was in place," she added.

For the disorderly behaviour, Watkins was given a 12-month conditional discharge, fined £50 and told to pay £22 victim surcharge.

The other two matters will be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

Another man at Watkins' property on January 27 was in possession of 0.7 grams of cannabis.

Matthew Arnold, 25, of Dewdrop Close, Heacham, pleaded guilty to the offence on Thursday.

Miss Upton said in mitigation that he had mental health issues and the drug helped with his anxiety.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £21 victim surcharge.

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