FOUND with cannabis in his possession worth less than 10p, a Truro man told magistrates he didn't know what it was and it didn't belong to him.
Paul Francis Charles Lindsay-Jones, aged 50, of Salmon Row, pleaded not guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to possessing 0.029 grams of cannabis on September 11 at Camborne, and to causing criminal damage to a police cell to the value of £50.04.
Graham Calderwood, for the prosecution, said Lindsay-Jones had been arrested for a matter which had not resulted in any charges being brought, but while he was in custody he was searched and the cannabis was found in his pocket.
He was put in a cell, where he urinated on the floor, despite a toilet being provided, which necessitated the cell having to be professionally cleaned.
Lindsay-Jones told the magistrates he did not mean to urinate on the floor but due to a health condition he "could not help it".
He said the cannabis had been in a bag he had picked up and put in his pocket while he was clearing out the place where he had been living prior to moving out and he did not know what it was.
Alan Ayr told the magistrates the drug belonged to him and not Lindsay-Jones, a friend. He had been smoking cannabis before the police arrived to arrest Lindsay-Jones and had put the packet down somewhere.
The magistrates convicted Lindsay-Jones of both offences, giving him a conditional discharge for a year and telling him to pay £50.04 in compensation, £50 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.