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Forest Gate man fined £70 for smoking a cannabis joint in a park

09:39 04 July 2014

Ashley Fagan was remanded in custody to await sentence.

Ashley Fagan was remanded in custody to await sentence.

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A man from Forest Gate has been fined £70 for being caught smoking a cannabis joint in a park in Barking.

Kevin Leon Coryat, 33, of Upton Park Lane, pleaded guilty to possession of the drug at Barkingside Magistrates Court yesterday.

Officers on patrol saw Coryat smoking cannabis in Abbey Green on June 17, whereupon he handed over the joint, which he said was for his personal use.

Mr Coryat, speaking in his own defence, said: “It was wrong to have any cannabis in my possession. I admitted to the police that I was doing something wrong.”

The Judge ordered him to pay a £70 fine plus £85 court costs, a total of £175, in the next 28 days.

Possession of cannabis, a class B drug, is a crime under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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