Asperger’s teen fined for possessing drugs

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A teenager with Asperger syndrome admitted possessing cannabis and cocaine and was forced to pay out £250 in fines and costs.

Barnaby Thomas Elliott Bradford, 19, was caught by police smoking a joint with two friends near to the viaduct on Toothill Lane on July 30.

When searched, police found a bag of white powder in a cigarette box, which he told the officer was amphetamine.

Following tests, it was found to be cocaine.

Three weeks later he was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by police on Southwell Road, in which two bags of cannabis were recovered. Bradford said one of the bags belonged to him.

In mitigation, the court was told that Bradford, of Main Street, Edingley, was self-medicating with cannabis to help control his Asperger’s.

The magistrates fined him £80 and told him to pay £150 criminal courts charge and a £20 surcharge.