Drugs cost man his job

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AN assistant manager of a Somercotes food shop lost his job after being caught with three types of drugs at work.

Nicholas Holmes, who worked at Iceland store in the village, was the subject of a routine staff search by his manager on September 2.

Chesterfield magistrates were told that cocaine, cannabis and 31 ecstasy tablets were found in his bag and police were called.

“He said he worked as a DJ most weekends and he used the drugs as part of that scene,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.

She added that it was accepted the drugs were intended for his own use and not for supplying to others.

Holmes, 23, of Davids Drive, Wingerworth, admitted three charges of possessing drugs. He had no previous convictions, the court was told.

Presiding magistrate David Sobjak fined him £358, with £85 costs, and ordered that the drugs be destroyed.

Said Paul Henocq, for Holmes: “He had been at the store for six and a half years and worked his way up to assistant manager.

“He subsequently lost his employment. Recreational drug use was becoming a problem in terms of DJing at club venues at weekends, which was his hobby. Losing his job was a wake-up call.”

Mr Henocq added: “His parents were shocked and imposed their own house arrest on him.

“To his credit he has knuckled down and managed to get further employment, though not of the same level of remuneration.

“He hopes to go back to his hobby this year.”