Man on ketamine was ‘howling’ in street

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple man pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing ketamine and one count of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

A MAN found lying on his skateboard howling in the middle of a street in Bideford has been given a conditional discharge by magistrates today (Fri).

Benjamin Ewington, of Western Avenue, Barnstaple, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing ketamine and one of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

The 31-year-old was found in Ilfracombe Skate Park with of 448 milligrams of ketamine in his pocket on February 7.

Police officers conducted the search after an individual matching his description was reported as acting ‘strangely’.


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Then on March 15 at around 1am, police discovered Ewington in Heywood Road in Bideford.

He was lying on his skateboard making howling noises, with white powder around his mouth.

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Officers said he appeared to be hallucinating and became aggressive towards them when they tried to talk to him.

He was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and was found to have 1.13g of ketamine on him.

Ewington was unrepresented in court and said he did not feel he had a problem with taking the class C drug.

The court heard he was unemployed and receiving benefits because he suffered from Asperger’s syndrome.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

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