Drugs charges dropped due to lack of evidence

Scarborough Magistrates Court. 104208a
Scarborough Magistrates Court. 104208a
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Two Scarborough men who were facing drugs charges have had the case against them dropped because of a lack of evidence.

John Raymond Pindar, 51, and 48-year-old Michael Small – both of Trafalgar Street West – were charged with possessing cannabis when they appeared before Scarborough Magistrates today.

Alex Johnson, prosecuting, asked for a four-week adjournment so that police could produce the necessary forensic statement linking the drugs to Pindar and Small.

He told magistrates: “The case isn’t ready to commit to the crown court today.”

Both defendants had previously denied the charges and Marcus Topham, defending, said that officers had already had more than enough time to produce the evidence already because the alleged offences dated back to March.

He added: “Officers entered my clients home address in the early hours of the morning. There were four people in that house and two were arrested.”

Magistrates said they were not prepared to grant a further adjournment and Mr Johnson asked them to discharge the case.

Pindar and Small were told they had no charge to answer but were warned that the case could be reopened if new evidence came to light.