Drug addict spared jail

A HARD working drug addict who got caught up in a police swoop on dealers has been given a chance by a court.Former Zenith employee Richard Sherratt was found with six wraps of heroin when police made a raid on drug dealers at Solar Bowl, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

A HARD working drug addict who got caught up in a police swoop on dealers has been given a chance by a court.

Former Zenith employee Richard Sherratt was found with six wraps of heroin when police made a raid on drug dealers at Solar Bowl, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said the 23-year-old of Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich, also gave police false details.

When his home was searched drug paraphernalia was seized but there was no indication that Sherratt had been dealing. He pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and admitted a bail act offence.

John Hughes mitigating for Sherratt said: “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and two others who were with him were charged with dealing.

“He has been using heroin for two years and his habit increased from £10 a day to £100 a day.”

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He added that Sherratt had been working up until December and this had funded his addiction.

Mr Hughes said Sherratt's former employer from Zenith had written a letter to the court stating that Sherratt was “a diligent hard worker who always helped others”.

He said if Sherratt avoided jail he would immediately re-employ him.

District Judge David Cooper said: “I think this chap needs to be given a chance.”

Sherratt was sentenced to nine months drug rehabilitation and 12 months probation supervision.

He was told to pay £65 court costs and return to court on March 5 for a review to see how the orders were progressing.