A 77-year-old pensioner caught with £1,300 of cocaine in her handbag has escaped jail after telling a judge she used it to treat pneumonia. Betty Nicholls said she had been given the drug by a stranger who told her 'it will give you a lift'. The widow, from Bude, north Cornwall, who stands just five foot tall and weighs less than six stone, said she thought the drug was cannabis. Nicholls, of Bude, Cornwall, admitted possessing 27.4 grams of cocaine with a street value of £1,370 when she appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court. She was made subject of a 60 day curfew order and will have to stay indoors at night and wear an electronic tag. She was also told to pay £60 costs.
I suppose the prisons are full. Surely they didn't believe her. Did they ?
District Judge Paul Farmer told her: "The circumstances are unusual, to say the least. You know what is right or wrong. I give you credit for pleading guilty and for being a person of mature years who has never been before a court before in their life.
"It is unusual for somebody to give a stranger 27.4 grams of class A drugs."
It certainly is. But it's not at all unusual for somebody caught with class A drugs to lie through their teeth.