Drug addict gets another chance to change ways

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A woman who was given a chance to make a fresh start by a judge re-offended within months, a court heard.

Donna Morton was caught with heroin when police searched her partner’s address.

But she has now been given yet another chance to prove herself by a judge who accepted she was trying to tackle her drug problem.

Morton, 39, of Lawson Road, Thornton, admitted possessing heroin.

Preston Crown Court heard that, in October, she was given a suspended sentence order for offences of theft, common assault and having a bladed article.

Police later executed a search warrant at her partner’s address on Lawson Road, in the early hours of January 31.

Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said Morton slammed the door on police and entry to the property had to be forced.

She had a cup in her hand which contained a couple of items. There were two bags of brown powder which were later found to contain heroin.

Morton admitted the drug was for her own personal use.

Rachel Woods, defending said Morton had long standing mental health issues, no doubt made worse by her drug dependency.

There was now a marked contrast in her demeanour, compared to previously.

Miss Woods added: “Very often, people with a long standing addiction cannot come off drugs immediately. There is a prolonged struggle.

“She has very high levels of anxiety. If she can’t leave the house then she is unable to pick up her daily methadone prescription.

“She stupidly resorted to topping up and buying heroin”.

The barrister added that Morton had been attending supervision and wanted to embrace any help available to her.

Morton was given three months prison, suspended for two years.