Man found with drugs after breaching restraining order

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A ST Helier resident found with diazepam tablets in his socks after being arrested for breaching a restraining order has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Mark Phillip Gomes Pires Picture: STATES POLICE

Mark Phillip Gomes Pires (35) appeared in the Magistrate’s Court for sentencing after admitting possessing drugs, being drunk and disorderly and a breaching the order.

Outlining the case, police legal adviser Advocate Carla Carvalho, prosecuting, told the court Pires was arrested on 8 August outside a St Helier property.

He appeared unsteady on his feet and was shouting up at a window in the building, the court was told.

The States police detained Pires for a drugs search and he called them a ‘bunch of w*****s’ before shouting abusive statements about the person inside the property, which he was banned from visiting.

When searched at police headquarters, four yellow and four white tablets fell out of the defendant’s socks. These were later found to be diazepam.

Advocate Francesca Pinel, defending, said her client had admitted to the breach as a result of being at the prohibited address and that Pires realised he had been abusive to the police, having since seen the bodycam footage of the incident.

Advocate Pinel said the defendant had recently fallen into old habits after some personal setbacks. However, she asked the Magistrate, Bridget Shaw, to consider a sentence of time served, as he had been in prison on remand since the August incident.

Having looked at all the evidence, Mrs Shaw said she noted it was the second time Pires had broken a court order.

‘This is something that you must comply with,’ she told the defendant. ‘The whole point is to prevent incidents happening, but you put yourself in a position where an incident did happen.’

She sentenced Pires to four months in prison, which exceeded the time spent on remand, and he was taken back into custody to complete his sentence.

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