Gosport drug addict ordered to pay compensation

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A HEROIN addict who racially abused a pharmacist when he turned up five minutes too late to pick up his prescription methadone has been made to pay compensation.

Martin Few, 48, of Wilmott Close, Gosport, abused the pharmacist from the Southern Co-operative in Gosport on June 27.

Few had arrived while the staff were cashing up and they had already locked the drugs away. They refused to serve him and he became racially abusive and told the pharmacist he would wait in the car park for him.

When the pharmacist went to his car, Few continued to abuse him.

Few was also facing charges of being drunk and disorderly at QA Hospital on June 28. Few had started shouting and swearing at security guards when they asked him to leave.

He admitted both offences and to being under the influence of alcohol on both occasions. His defence said Few needed to drink a certain amount of alcohol otherwise he would suffer withdrawal symptoms.

Few was made to pay £165 in compensation to the pharmacist for the racially aggravated abuse and a £35 fine for the drunk and disorderly, with a £20 victim surcharge.