A 25-year-old who on Christmas Eve was pulled over by police on suspicion of a driving offence, was then caught with cannabis and pleaded guilty to possession.
Prosecutor Marie Stace explained how at 8.10pm on December 24, Jamie Paddison of Harrowby Lane was stopped in his Renault Clio at the Sankt Augustin retail park.
The officer could smell cannabis in the car and on Paddison, who then informed him that there was cannabis in a plastic container under the driver’s seat.
At the police station Paddison gave a full and frank admission, and the quantity of the class B drug was valued at between £20 and £30.
Rob Arthur, defending, stated that the driving matter was not taken any futher, and highlighted that his client had volunteered the location of the cannabis to the police.
Mr Arthur related how Paddison had smoked cannabis regularly over the years, but since gaining employment had been using it less.
However, on Christmas Eve following a period of not sleeping, he had decided to smoke cannabis to help him sleep ahead of Christmas Day.
Magistrates ordered Paddison to pay a £200 fine, £85 prosecution costs, and £20 victim surcharge, as well as ordering the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.