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Court hears man was reported missing when asleep in a van with Class A drugs in system

A Gaywood man, who had been reported missing by his wife, was found in an uninsured van after taking cocaine.

Robert Hammond, 38, of Ashby Road, pleaded guilty to charges of driving with no insurance and while disqualified, and being in charge of a vehicle when above the specified drug limit during a court hearing on Thursday.

Magistrates heard that police had found Hammond asleep in a van in a car park on Lynn Road, Roydon, with a white powder around his nostrils on February 19.

Hammond appeared before King's Lynn Magistrates' Court this week
Hammond appeared before King's Lynn Magistrates' Court this week

Subsequent tests revealed he had more than 800 micrograms of Benzoylecgonine, a cocaine derivative, and 65 micrograms of cocaine in a litre of his blood. The legal limits are 50 and 10 respectively.

Mitigating solicitor Hugh Cauthery said his client had been through a series of "unfortunate incidents" and had "succumbed to drugs to get away from reality".

He added that Hammond had been attending drug awareness sessions and worked as a volunteer helping people to address problems by introducing them to a digital system.

"He had no intention of driving the car which had run out of diesel," Mr Cauthery said.

"With controlled drugs, the potential period of time under the influence can be much longer than alcohol.

"There is no evidence he drove to anyone's danger. His wife reported him missing to the police as he did not realise how long he had been absent."

Hammond was fined £400, given 10 penalty points on his driving licence and a one month curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

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