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Fakenham lobster fisherman fined in King’s Lynn court for possession of cannabis and ketamine

A lobster fisherman has been fined after a foot chase with police revealed he had ketamine and cannabis in his possession.

Fakenham man Ryan Gomer, 27, of no fixed abode, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday charged with two counts of possession of a Class B drug.

He pleaded guilty to both, with the offences committed on November 25 last year.

Ryan Gomer had cannabis in his possession on the day he was caught by police. Picture: iStock
Ryan Gomer had cannabis in his possession on the day he was caught by police. Picture: iStock

Crown prosecutor Stephen Munton told magistrates that on that date, Gomer was in a telephone box in Fakenham when he was approached by police.

He attempted to run away, but was caught after a “short foot chase”. They found two bags of white powder on his person at the time.

Two small bags of cannabis were then discovered at a property, with the drugs also attributed to Gromer. Another bag of white powder was also found there.

Gomer accepted at the time that the cannabis and ketamine were his, and said they were for his own personal use.

He was subsequently subjected to a conditional caution which required him to pay a £100 fine by March 18 this year. However, he failed to foot the bill – and did so again despite his deadline being extended to April 11.

He was therefore brought before the court for failing to comply with that caution.

In mitigation, George Sorrell said: “It was some years ago that he last came before the court. He was going through a particularly bad patch because he and his girlfriend had just split up.

“He was very upset about that, and sought some comfort, I suppose, in these substances – whatever they do for the system.”

The solicitor told magistrates that Gomer currently works as a fisherman, catching lobsters and crabs at the coast, and has a young son.

“He has come to realise that as the boy grows up, it is not good for the child to grow up with a father who takes drugs such as ketamine and cannabis,” he added.

“The familiar lesson is when you are given the chance to pay up by way of a conditional caution, you should. Now he is going to have to go for that expensive option.”

Magistrates, led by John Hare, fined Gomer £100 for his offences.

He will also pay an £80 victim surcharge and £145 in legal costs, while an order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

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