Newcastle man who owes over £10,000 in court fines is fined once again for heroin possession

Crystan Wilson leaving Newcastle crown court
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A man who owes over £10,000 in court fines has once again been landed with a fine - this time for heroin possession.

Crystan Wilson has an outstanding court balance of £10,070, but an extra £253 has since been added to that after the 31-year-old found himself in court again. Wilson appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court this week facing a charge of possession of heroin.

Wilson, of Strathmore Crescent, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to the single charge, which dates back to June 2 this year. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay court costs totalling £253.

The court heard that police were on Armstrong Road in the Benwell area when officers saw Wilson leave a property. They then stopped and searched him.

Lucy Todd, prosecuting, said: "They detained him and took him into custody and found a small amount of brown powder in a tinfoil wrap in his jacket pocket. In interview he made full admissions and said it was for personal use." The court heard that Wilson had 49 previous convictions for 59 offences - none of which were for drugs.

Alanna Wesencraft, defending, said Wilson had at one point been long term homeless and has been on a methadone prescription "for some time". However, he lost his script and soon began suffering from withdrawal. She said: "Unfortunately, he went somewhere to purchase drugs."