Cannabis supplier ordered to pay £265

From the courts
From the courts

A DRUG offender’s dream trip to Australia may still happen despite him being fined for supplying cannabis to a pal.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard last week how offender Daniel Cottam, 20, could have been denied a visa if he had received a community sentence.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said police were tipped-off about young men “rolling joints” behind the Devonshire Arms, in Somercotes.

The group fled but Cottam was found by officers in a snooker club in Mansfield Road.

Mrs Griffiths said: “He admitted running away from police and dropping a carrier bag containing £40 worth of cannabis. Police retraced his steps and found the bag in Nottingham Road. It contained cannabis and a cannabis grinder. CCTV from the Devonshire Arms shows him pass an item to someone outside the public house and both are rolling out what look like spliffs.” She added that the other person on film had been cautioned.

Cottam, of Windsor Close, Swanwick, admitted possessing 21g of cannabis and supplying cannabis after the offence in August. He has a previous conviction and a caution for similar offences.

Deputy District Judge Andrew Davison fined him £180 with £85 costs.

Katie Fowkes, defending, said he didn’t realise by passing cannabis to a friend he was supplying and since this offence he hasn’t purchased or smoked cannabis. Ms Fowkes said Cottam is planning to work in Australia from February but if he had received a sentence higher than a fine his application for a visa could have been ruined.