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Family death sparked drug relapse says Droitwich ex-addict

Droitwich Editorial 16th Jan, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

A PAINTER and decorator was found with crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis after he ‘relapsed into old habits’, a court has heard.

Police executed a warrant on Christopher Deeming’s address on The Westlands in Droitwich, on October 31 where they found 0.2g of crack cocaine, 0.2g of heroin and 1.5g of cannabis.

Officers also found £1,600 worth of cash at the property, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (January 9).

The court was also told how Deeming had stopped his addiction to heroin, but started using the Class A drug again after a family death.

Defending solicitor David Ollivere said: “He has battled with a heroin addiction for some time but following a conviction in 2010 he got himself clean.

“He was clean for a long period of time but following a tragedy in the household, the death of his brother and the loss of employment, he regretfully relapsed into old habits.”

Deeming, who has been making arrangements to get involved in Pathways, was fined £110 for the offence and was ordered to pay £85 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “I think a lot of people would find it quite amazing that you managed to sort out your drug problem, your brother then dies and you go back to taking drugs.

“A lot of people would think that would be the incentive to give it up forever.

“It seems quite extraordinary that you would go that way, but obviously you are now trying to do something about it.”

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