Heroin addict was on steroids

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A former heroin addict, who was found semi-conscious at a roadside by police, took illegal steroids to regain weight, a court heard.

Joshua Allen, 21, of Sycamore Road, Great Cornard, pleaded guilty to possession of two bottles of the steroid nandrolone and cannabis at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Patricia Doggett, prosecuting, said on October 1 last year: “A Pcso attended a semi-conscious man at the roadside of The Drift in Great Cornard.

“She tried to speak to him to get his details but he did not respond.”

A search identified the man as Allen, as well as discovering three cannabis buds and a grinder. Pc Christopher Battershall identified the drugs and confiscated them, at which point Allen became aggressive.

Eighteen days later, Pc Battershall came to arrest Allen at his father’s home and asked if he had any more drugs.

“He said ‘I have got some steroids in my bedroom, but they aren’t illegal, I got them from the internet’,” said Miss Doggett.

Allen was arrested and questioned, during which he admitted possessing both drugs, but stated he did not know nandrolone was illegal.

The offences were committed while serving a suspended sentence made in February 2011 for theft and assault.

Allen, who represented himself, said: “I can’t justify this. I know I’m in the wrong but the only reason I was on steroids in the first place was that I used to be a heroin addict and I wanted to put some weight on.”

He added that he has since stopped using heroin and is working part-time.

Sentencing, presiding magistrate Michael Sweeting said: “You did commit these offences while serving a suspended sentence, so we are going to activate that for one day and deem that has been served today.”

Allen was fined £100 for possession of cannabis and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, with no separate penalties for the possession of nandrolone.