It was while queueing up to leave the site of an illegal rave in Twyford Wood that Philip Johnstone Sayer, 25, ended up getting arrested for failing to comply with a direction to leave and possession of cannabis resin.
Sayer pleaded guilty to both charges at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, told magistrates how the defendant failed to obey police orders to leave the site on May 24 this year, during an illegal rave which saw 21 police officers injured and 52 people arrested.
He told how, during police interview, Sayer said he had not heard the tannoy message warning people to leave, and added that the class B drug, of around 100 ounces, was for his own personal use.
Sonia Bhalla, defending, said her client had travelled to the rave with a friend and was reliant on them for a lift home.
She added: “He genuinely wasn’t aware of the first police tannoy message, and when it was brought to his attention, unfortunately, being from the Norwich area, he was not familiar with Twyford Wood and didn’t know where to go at that time of night/early hours.”
Later in the evening, at around 11pm, Sayer was in a vehicle queueing up to exit the woodland when approached by police officers.
Ms Bhalla said: “It was my client himself who handed the cannabis over to the officer. He put his hands up. He didn’t try to blame anyone else, he did what he thought was right.”
Magistrates heard how Sayer, of Blenheim Road, Sprowston, Norwich, suffers from mental health problems and has endured an on-and-off battle with drug addiction for four years.
Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay a £150 criminal courts charge, £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.