Heroin addict fined after breaching non-contact ban with his partner

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A heroin addict has been fined £60 for breaching a Domestic Violence Protection Order and is awaiting a sentence for a separate matter of possessing three types of drugs.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, May 3, how Aaron Demack, 21, of Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith, breached a Domestic Violence Protection Order on April 3 by talking to his former partner in a waiting room while he was visiting the probation service.

Solicitor Matt Green explained that Demack had been subject to a DVPO as part of civil proceedings not to contact his former partner but a probation officer had seen the couple sitting together in the waiting room which constituted a breach of the order.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop - dealing with the drugs matter - said Demack was arrested at another time in March for a dissimilar matter and police discovered he had 4.8grammes of cannabis, 131 diazepam tablets and one-and-a-half tablets of a class C drug.

Mrs Allsop added: “He was booked in and put in a cell and a bag with tablets was seen and he was strip-searched and the remaining other drugs were found.

“In interview he made no comment to all the questions put to him.”

Jobless Demack, who is on benefits, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing drugs.

Defence solicitor David Gittins said: “The breach of the DVPO is admitted. It’s his first breach. He attended the probation service and saw this person there and they spoke briefly outside and there was no suggestion of threats or violence.

“It was on the back of the DVPO application that the drugs were found but there have been no further problems and all the drugs were for personal use.

“He is a long-term heroin user and says he uses diazepam to detox himself.

“He needs assistance with drugs problems. He’s a plasterer and he has lost work because of problems with drugs.”

District Judge Andrew Davison fined Demack £60 for the civil breach of the DVPO.

The court heard how the DVPO has now expired and Demack and his former partner are now back together as a couple.

District Judge Davison adjourned the drugs matter until Wednesday, May 10, to consider a probation service report before sentencing.

Demack was granted unconditional bail but was warned to behave himself.