Recovering drug addict given a chance in court

A RECOVERING drug addict found with cocaine residue has been given a chance to turn his life around.

Matthew Stock, 37, appeared before the town’s magistrates court on Wednesday (June 8) and pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug.

Stock, who used to live in Silverdale Road but recently moved to Devonshire Road in Hastings, was stopped and searched by police in Upperton Road on March 15.

The court heard Stock was spotted by police looking suspicious. The officer said he was looking at their car and appeared to be ‘shifty’.

They stopped and searched him and found he had needles and a container with residue of cocaine inside. Stock told the officer the drugs had been for his personal consumption.

Magistrates heard Stock had committed further offences after the March 15 offence and had been given a community sentence with a drug rehabilitation requirement.

Linda Kerry, defending, said, “It was a very small amount of the drug. You will see from his record he is someone who has had a lengthy problem with drugs and he did explain that to the police when he was arrested.

“He has been given a drug rehabilitation requirement and he is committed to sorting this problem out.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge to allow Stock to continue with his rehab programme.