Woman and Baby Watch As Addict Injects Himself With Heroin

PUBLISHED: 15:18 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:16 04 May 2010

A WOMAN and her baby daughter watched as Christopher Baldwin prepared to inject himself with heroin, a court heard. Police found Baldwin crouched on a bathroom floor, with all the paraphernalia needed to take the class A drug. He had a spoon with heroin

A WOMAN and her baby daughter watched as Christopher Baldwin prepared to inject himself with heroin, a court heard.

Police found Baldwin crouched on a bathroom floor, with all the paraphernalia needed to take the class A drug.

"He had a spoon with heroin and citrus, and a lighter," prosecutor Penny Cannon told Ely magistrates.

"There were lumps of heroin in the floor, his girlfriend and baby were watching. He immediately admitted the drug was for his own use and his girlfriend had nothing to do with it."

Officers had gone to the property in Ely after arresting another person on suspicion of possessing drugs, the court was told.

"Police saw Baldwin in the bathroom, crouched on the floor about to inject heroin," said Mrs Cannon.

Thirty-two-year-old Baldwin had bought the heroin for £30, just half an hour before police arrived, he admitted, and had intended to inject himself.

Baldwin, who is homeless, was representing in court by Adam Haselhurst, who presented a letter from the drug treatment charity Addaction.

"He has been clean for nearly a year, and has been providing regular mouth swaps," said Mr Haselhurst.

"Unfortunately on this occasion he did have a relapse, partially because of the company he was keeping, temptation got the better of him. He purchased some heroin, and got caught with it."

Baldwin admitted possessing the class A drug in Ely on January 20. He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 costs. The drugs and paraphernalia will be forfeited and destroyed.

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