South Tyneside arthritis sufferer gets cannabis fine

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AN arthritic man from South Tyneside was urged to seek medical help by a judge and to stop using cannabis as pain relief.

Timothy Hatch, 58, of Salem Street Jarrow, pleaded guilty to being in possession of cannabis resin and a quantity of amphetamines at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The drugs, along with a knife and weighing scales, were found at his home by police on April 9.

Paul Kennedy, defending, told the court Hatch suffered from arthritis of the back and used the cannabis to control the pain.

He said: “About once a month when his painkillers don’t work, he will use the cannabis to ease the pain.

“The amphetamines are then used to get him back into the real world.”

District judge Helen Cousins gave Tate a 12-month conditional discharge and fined him £85 plus a £15 victim surcharge, and suggested he should seek professional medical help.

She added: “Please stop self medicating and go and see your doctor.”

Tate was also ordered to hand over his knife and scales.