Man found with cannabis ‘did not feel guilty’

Barnstaple police station

Barnstaple police station - Credit: Archant

The 47-year-old was discovered with nearly £280 of cannabis after police pulled him over for using his phone while driving.

A 47-year-old man has admitted possessing 27.95g of cannabis despite saying he ‘did not feel guilty’ of the offence.

Michael Poulton, of River View, George Nympton, appeared before magistrates in Barnstaple today (Fri).

The drugs were discovered in his vehicle after police pulled him over on January 25 for driving while using a mobile phone.

On opening the car door, officers smelt a strong odour of cannabis and proceeded to search the vehicle.

They discovered a bag of cannabis, which Poulton said he had forgotten about, but later admitted in interview the drugs were for his own personal use.

The cannabis was estimated to have a street value of £279.50.

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When asked to give his plea, Poulton said: “Guilt is an odd word to use in this situation because I don’t feel guilty.

“But I’m admitting I committed a crime against the laws of this land.”

In interview, he admitted the drugs were for his own personal use.

Poulton, who was unrepresented in court, said he lived most of the time with his mum, and although unemployed he said he did not claim jobseekers allowance.

When magistrates questioned him on his lack of income, he said he did jobs for ‘the four females in his life’; his mother, girlfriend, her friend and her mother.

He then proceeded to list where items of his clothing were from, stating they were gifts or picked up in Primark.

“My mother pays for insurance on the car and I drive it around,” he said.

“I’m not part of the consumerist world.”

Magistrates sentenced Poulton to a conditional discharge to run for 12 months and ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

They also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

As he left the court, Poulton added: “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much.”

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