Offender must pay £291 for damage


A drug addict who threw desks and smashed a safety screen after she was denied access to prescribed methadone at an NHS unit has been ordered to pay £291 compensation.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Lucy Brown, 29, of Hawthorne Street, Chesterfield, was told at the NHS Bayheath House she could not have unsupervised access to the medication.

Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said Brown abused a staff member at Bayheath House before throwing tables and ramming one into a safety screen four or five times. Brown pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage after the incident on December 23.

John Wilford, defending, said Brown’s prescription had to be supervised and she was frustrated because she was planning to travel to be with her father. Magistrates sentenced Brown on Thursday, January 30, to a community order with drug rehabilitation and ordered her to pay compensation.