PARTY drugs have had a ‘catastrophic’ effect on a law student’s chances of finding a job, a court has heard.
John Roissetter was caught trying to get into the Astoria nightclub, in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth with seven ‘bombs’ made of MDMA.
The 22-year-old third-year law student at the University of Portsmouth had wrapped small amounts of the drug, also known as ecstasy, in cigarette papers so that he could consume one every hour and stay high, although he was thwarted by bouncers who searched him on the way in, on March 15 this year. Police searched Roissetter’s student digs and found small amounts of methylone (2.83g), mephedrone (2.16g) and ketamine (1.46g).
Roissetter was charged with four counts of possession with intent to supply, although he denied that he had intended to sell the drugs.
His defence, Peter Long, said that although Roissetter had kept the drugs separate, using several separate plastic sealed bags, which aroused suspicion, he had done so to monitor what he was taking.
Mr Long said: ‘Mr Roissetter was a student at Portsmouth university studying law.
‘This conviction will have a catastrophic effect on that career. He achieved a 2:1 degree in law, despite this charge being pending against him and he has been accepted to do a master’s degree.’
Mr Long said that Roissetter had started taking drugs after being introduced to them through fellow students and he had used them to relax and gain confidence, after researching their effects online. Because of this conviction, Roissetter had had to quit his part-time job at Waitrose.
Judge Sarah Munro said: ‘You were caught with these drugs trying to get into a club and I know how many of your fellow students take these party drugs. You are a hard-working young man – that is to your credit and this offence was out of character. I am sure this will be the last time you will be before any type of court, let alone a crown court.’
Roissetter, of Horsell Moor, Woking, Surrey, was given a two-year conditional discharge for the MDMA charge, one-year conditional discharges for the other offences to run concurrently, and must pay £250 court costs.