CHESTERFIELD: Traumatised pal of quarry-death teen caught with drugs

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A YOUNG man who went off the rails after he saw quarry-death teen Ryan Walker drown has been caught with crack-cocaine.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, April 9, how Luke Atkinson, 19, was caught with the class A controlled drug after two males were seen exchanging something in Chesterfield town centre.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “Atkinson was stopped and had two small bags and a silver pipe and 1.58grammes of crack cocaine. We don’t have a street value but it’s an amount consistent with personal use and Atkinson said he buys it when he is drunk.”

Atkinson had been among friends who witnessed and tried to rescue 15 year-old Ryan Walker, of Clay Cross, at Fall Hill Quarry, near Ashover, when he drowned in 2009.

Miss Foukes said: “Mr Atkinson had an extremely traumatic experience and watched a friend drown and he went off the rails.”

She explained Atkinson’s partner also had a miscarriage and their relationship broke down and he bought cocaine to avoid dealing with the situation. However, she told how he has been sorting out his life since the September offence and hopes to go to university.

Atkinson, of Market Street, Clay Cross, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug and was fined £110, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.