By Rosie Drew and Barbara Sike
A father of six has pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine.
Ian Lewington, from Enfield, was stopped by police on 9th April for unrelated matters and when searched in custody was found with the class A substance.The court heard that Lewington admitted that the drugs were his and told officers that he had a drug problem which he was working on.
Lewington’s defence counsel said: “My client came to court for the first time in December 2016 and this is his third time in four months in relation to possession.” The court heard that he was having relationship problems at the time of the offences and has since moved back in with his partner and six children.
The defence said: “He has attended court with a friend who is helping him overcome his drug problem and is seeing a drug agency and has applied for Jobseeker’s. He currently doesn’t owe the court any money and he has put his previous crimes behind him.”
Lewington was found with a small amount of cocaine which he said he bought for £100 and was for personal use only.
He was fined £8o and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge in addition to £85 court costs. He was given 28 days to pay the total of £195.
The Magistrates told the defendant: “The court is pleased to hear that you are trying to get your life straight and are now claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and we put our faith in you. We wish you luck and hope that you manage to sort yourself out”.