A MAN has been discharged after pleading guilty to possessing crack cocaine.
At West Cheshire Magistrates Court, Panayiotis Kyrkis, 58, from Brook Street, Chester, admitted being found in possession of the Class A drug on July 15.
Rob Youds, prosecuting, told the court that on the evening in question, Kyrkis was seen by police walk from St Martin’s Way and down an alleyway to Linenhall.
After turning his head to look at officers, they saw him try to swallow a number of items in quick succession.
Getting him to spit them out, they discovered the items to be three wraps of white powder. He also had one further wrap.
On examination, they tested positive for cocaine.
Kyrkis told officers he had tried to swallow the wraps to avoid being arrested. The drug was for his own personal use – to smoke to relieve pain – and he was unaware he could cause himself any harm by swallowing the wraps.
Mark Evans, defending, said his client who, uses a stick to help him walk, had been planning to use the drug because he had a number of ailments including pain in his leg.
“It had been suggested to him the drug would alleviate the symptoms after drugs prescribed by his GP had had little or no effect,” said Mr Evans.
Mr Evans said Kyrkis had since his arrest been referred by police to an agency who were assisting with “finding a way forward in terms of pain medication”.
Kyrkis was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and pay a £15 victim surcharge, all to be deducted from his benefits payments.