Man used cannabis to cope with family deaths

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 October 2010

ST GEORGES COURTHOUSE

ST GEORGES COURTHOUSE

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cannabis: A man who was caught with cannabis in Weston told police he used it for medicinal purposes to cope after the deaths of his father and partner.

Lee Harper, aged 46, was stop-checked by officers in the town on October 4 and they found a small quantity of the drug.

Harper pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and breaching a conditional discharge when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday.

Ian Denley, defending, said cannabis was a ‘crutch’ for him following the two deaths last year.

Harper, of Belgrave Road, Torquay, was fined £65, ordered to pay £35 for breaching his conditional discharge and £85 in costs.

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