Barnstaple man imprisoned for trying to enter Venue nightclub with cocaine
A CLUBBER who tried entering a Barnstaple nightclub with nearly two grams of cocaine has been imprisoned for 14 weeks.
Daniel Hotson, 22, of Sunflower Road, Barnstaple was in the queue for Venue on the Strand on January 20 when the nightclub's bouncers said they were going to search him.
Hotson tried running away but was stopped and searched before the police were called.
He admitted having two wraps of cocaine in his possession but said he was holding them for someone else.
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Hotson appeared in front of North Devon Magistrates charged with possession of a class A drug. He was also in breach of a suspended sentence for a serious assault which was issued to him by Exeter Crown Court.
Tony Dart, for the defence, said Hotson's crime was "far from ideal" but said he had been using cocaine to keep him away from alcohol.
Presiding magistrate, Rose Day, sentenced Hotson to ten weeks' imprisonment for the breach of his suspended sentence and a further four weeks for possession of cocaine, to run consecutively.
She said: "We consider these matters so serious because they were committed so soon after your last sentencing and aggravated by your previous convictions."
Hotson began walking out of the court room with security guards before the magistrates full verdict had been read, saying: "I don't need to hear the rest of it, I'll just make myself angry otherwise."