Judge orders Portsmouth drug addict to go to rehab

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DRUG addict David Rewcastle has been ordered to go to rehab.

The 27-year-old was found with cocaine and amphetamines during a search in Queen’s Road, Buckland, Portsmouth.

On another occasion he ran from a police officer who tried to stop and search him in Walsall Road, Copnor.

When the officer caught up with him he was found with cannabis.

Rewcastle, of New Road, in Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug, two counts of possessing a class B drug and one of obstructing a police officer when he appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Matthew Farmer, defending, said his client had struggled with drugs since his mother died when Rewcastle was just 15.

‘He wishes to have help,’ he said. ‘He hasn’t had help before in addressing his drug addiction.’

Recorder Sarah Vaughan-Jones QC said: ‘I am satisfied you have a propensity to misuse drugs which needs treatment.

‘You must address your substance misuse first and foremost before you can make any progress in your life.’

Rewcastle was given a 12-month community order with nine months of supervision from the probation service.

He will have six months of drug rehabilitation treatment.