Search

Tube worker from Stratford, who was high on a party drug, walks free from court

11:29 27 December 2012

PA Archive/Press Association Images

A Tube worker from Stratford who turned up for work high on a potent party drug known as ‘coma in a bottle’ has walked free from court.

Martin Gersley, 30, of Ibex House, Forest Lane, was acting strangely and sporting a glazed expression while manning ticket barriers, attracting the attention of colleagues.

When approached by his supervisor he was trembling, disorientated and had a ‘vacant look’, Harrow Crown Court heard on December 21.

Bosses at Shepherd’s Bush station in west London called in paramedics on May 13, who examined Gersley but found he did not need hospital treatment.

Upon searching his belongings police discovered a small bottle containing a clear liquid.

At first Gersley denied knowing how it got into his bag, but later told officers he believed the clear substance to be GBL.

The liquid, normally used as an industrial paint stripper or rust remover, is closely related to notorious club drug GHB, which was banned in 2003 because of its use in date rapes.

GBL, which was later classified a class C drug after it was linked to a series of deaths, is said to produce a high similar to ecstasy, but high doses are known to cause violent spasms, coma and death.

Gersley claimed he received the drug from a mystery man he met on the internet and that his drink had been involuntarily ‘spiked’.

He said he had ‘forgotten’ he had the bottle and had always intended to throw it away.

But prosecutor Michael Latham argued: “He was going to ingest it himself or give it to somebody else.”

Gersley, was found guilty of possession of a class C drug.

He was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £750 in costs.

Latest Newham News Stories

Staff working close to a Stratford road junction where a baby was found unresponsive on a bus have described their shock at the little girl’s death.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a three-month-old baby.

London Ambulance Service
16:09

A delegation of our American cousins came to the borough bearing gifts today.

Lyn Brown

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Read more

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now