A reveller who was caught with cocaine in a Chesterfield nightspot claimed a dealer had put the class A drugs in his pocket.
Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard how John Patrick O’Shea, 30, had been in the So! Bar, on Holywell Street, Chesterfield, when he was caught with the drugs in the toilets by a doorman.
Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “A member of the door staff was checking the toilets about 10.25pm and he was aware one of the cubicles had a man in it on his knees and he tried to close the door but the doorman forced it open.
“The defendant had something in his pocket and when he was asked what he was doing he said he had flushed what he had away but the toilet seat was down.
“O’Shea put his hand in his pocket and handed over a small bag and said it was cocaine. He tried to push past the doorman but didn’t manage it and police were called.”
The defendant, of Fox Lane, Bradway, Sheffield, told police he had been going to the So! Bar and was approached by a man who asked if he wanted anything and he said no but this man put something in his pocket.
Mr Shaw added: “O’Shea came up with a far-fetched account. It’s an unusual case to think that there are such altruistic drug dealers operating in Chesterfield. The defendant said he went to the toilet and was going to get rid of it.”
O’Shea pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine valued at about £15 to £20 after the incident on August 7.
The defendant said: “I’ve never taken drugs in my life and don’t intend to. My judgement should have been better and looking back I would definitely have gone to a doorman or police. It was in my mind to get rid of it. I didn’t try to get past the doorman and we talked in a friendly way. If I was in that situation again I would deal with it differently. I panicked but accept I was in possession of the drugs.”
Magistrates fined O’Shea £184 and he must pay £85 costs, a £20 victim surcharge and a £180 court charge.