An ex-heroin addict has been found guilty of possession of cannabis but he has escaped jail due to the mental health and medical issues he is suffering from. Jamie Paul Knapton pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis after 140.5 grams were found during a raid on his home in August 2014. The drugs had a street value of £800 and police also found cash, scales, and the phone numbers of a number of people.
Knapton admitted that of the five bags of cannabis found, four were for his own personal use and the other belonged to a friend. He also claimed that his habit meant that he spent £850 worth of benefits money every six weeks on 5oz of the Class B drug. He said that 3oz were for his own use and the other two were for his friend.
Knapton claims to have turned to drugs after the death of his father when he was younger. He developed a heroin addiction and split from his partner when his son was just four years old. He managed to kick the habit after he was given an ultimatum that he would not be allowed to care for his son if he did not get clean. He has not used heroin since.
However, around 12-18 months later, Knapton began suffering with depression and anxiety; in 2011, there were twenty-two occasions on which he was admitted to hospital. He is now attending a psychiatrist every three months and has cut down on the amount of cannabis he smokes every week.
Knapton was given a suspended sentence because of his medical and mental health problems.
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