A ‘legal high’ addict who stole protein powder has been made the subject of a community order in a bid to curb his drug use.
The court heard Marcus Jordan Crossland, aged 18, would stay out late into the night taking novel psychoactive substances – commonly known as legal highs – and feared his habit may escalate to harder drugs if a curfew was not imposed.
June Allen, prosecuting at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, said Crossland, of Wharf House, Doncaster, admitted stealing two tubs of protein powder costing £55.98 from Boots in Doncaster Marketplace on August 28.
Michael Cowling, defending, said: “He admitted stealing the protein powder as the food bank was not open and his benefits had been stopped.
“He believes a curfew would prevent him from going out in the evening and his drug use escalating.”
Mr Cowling said Crossland started taking legal highs around three years ago.
Crossland was made the subject of a 12 month community order with an eight week curfew between 8pm and 6am. He was also ordered to stump up £295.
The case comes after it was revealed that 10 people were admitted to Doncaster Royal Infirmary in March alone after taking legal highs.