Grantham court: Cancer sufferer took heroin and cannabis to relieve pain

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A cancer sufferer took heroin and cannabis to cope with the pain, Grantham magistrates heard.

Michael Johnathan White, 52, of Main Street, Sproxton, was stopped in his car by police on November 4 and was found to possess two wraps containing the drugs.

White admitted possessing 0.2grams of heroin and a quantity of cannabis.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson told the court that police officers stopped White’s car on Gorse Lane because it was being driven at some speed. When White got out he smelled of cannabis. He told the officers he had a wrap of heroin on him and a search of the car revealed another wrap of cannabis.

He later told the police that he smoked and snorted heroin and took cannabis to “medicate” the pain he suffered. The court was told that in September 2012 White was given a community order for possessing heroin and producing cannabis.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said the drugs found were a small quantity and for his own use as pain relief.

Mr Pye-Smith added: “He has suffered with throat and lymphatic cancer. This has had a huge impact on his life. He is married with three children. Times are very difficult for Mr White.”

The court heard that White, who had worked as a furniture maker, was helping out a local cancer charity on a voluntary basis after working there as part of his community order.

Mr Pye-Smith said: “He has acknowledged that it is time to do something about this. He is on three different types of pill for depression and is receiving help from his GP.

“His wife has made it clear to him that things have to change for the better.”

Magistrates gave White a conditional discharge for two years and ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.