Hospital porter dropped illegal drugs as he ran from police

A JUDGE has warned hospital porter Liam Donnelly that he faces a spell in jail if he continues to break the law by using illegal drugs.

Twenty-three-year-old Donnelly landed up in court this week, after he dropped various drugs on the ground when he ran away from police, and was chased by officers.

Donnelly - who works at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge - hot footed it away when police were called to an incident at a city pub, and dropped the drugs as he tried to make his escape.

Appearing at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Donnelly, of Beresford Road, Ely, admitted possessing the class A drug cocaine, and the class B drug cannabis in Ely on February 11.

Prosecutor Delia Matthews told how police were called to an incident, and Donnelly ran away. She said: “He dropped some packages, that turned out to be 2.4 grams of cocaine and 0.4 grams of cannabis.”

Mitigating, solicitor Veronica Candy said: “This is very straight forward matter. He dropped the drugs when police arrived at the incident. It was in fact two wraps of cocaine and a small amount of cannabis.

“He accepts he uses drugs once or twice a month. He clearly had the drugs on him, they were for his own use. He has worked as a porter at Addenbrooke’s for four and a half years, he is a good worker, but he accepts the offence.”

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District Judge Ken Sheraron fined Donnelly �300 for possessing cocaine, and another �150 for possessing cannabis. The porter must also pay �85 costs and a �15 surcharge, and was given 28 days to pay.

The Judge warned Donnelly: “How you live your life is up to you, but if you continue to offend, it will not be long before you find yourself in prison, and out of work.”