Man turned to drug after booze fears

A SCARBOROUGH man has admitted to possession of almost 100 grams of cannabis.

Martin Mennell, 51, of St Leonards Crescent, admitted to the offence at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said that 99.3 grams of the class B drug had been found at Mennell’s home address.

The offence was committed on August 13 last year.

Ian Brickman, mitigating, said that his client had started using cannabis after he gave up alcohol.

He said: “From his record you can see that in previous years he was in trouble on regular occasions.

“He had a major problem with alcohol which was causing great damage to his health.

“He was advised if he didn’t stop drinking he wouldn’t see 50.”

After successfully giving up alcohol, Mennell took up smoking cannabis instead.

Mr Brickman said Mennell’s health has improved and his offending had ceased until his latest court appearance this week.

“No-one has come to any harm,” he added. “He was minding his own business at home.”

Mennell grew the cannabis himself at his property.

He was fined £100 for possession of a class B drug and told to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.

He agreed to pay at a rate of £20 per fortnight.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the cannabis.