Dealer turned to drugs after death of his father

The defendant was fined 106.
The defendant was fined 106.

A convicted dealer from Barnoldswick went back to using drugs after the sudden death of his 56-year-old father, a court head.

Joshua Dennison self-medicated with cannabis even though he had previously got himself clean from drugs, with Burnley magistrates told how the 26-year-old had handed over a jar of drugs to police and let them search his property.

Dennison had a previous conviction for supply from 2014, when he had been given a suspended jail term at the town's crown court.

Mrs Alex Mann, prosecuting, said there had been some concern over phone messages and that the defendant might be involved in dealing again. His solicitor told the court: "There is nothing on that telephone to suggest he is dealing drugs again."

Dennison, of East Parade in Barnoldswick, admitted to possessing cannabis on July 28th and was fined £106 and told to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Mr Keith Rennison, defending, said Dennison had got himself drug-free, but after his father died in May, he struggled to sleep and started using small amounts of cannabis in the evenings in order to get some rest.

The solicitor continued: "He will refer himself back to his GP and get some help. He knows he should have sought medical attention for his problems instead of self-medicating."