‘Frankly you’ve got money for cocaine haven’t you?’ Judge tells moped man who claims he can’t pay fine for breaking lockdown restrictions

A speeding cocaine-carrying moped driver has been fined for breaking after police spotted him throwing a bag away before they stopped him.

Sandeep Bhere, 37, told police there were three ‘stacks’ of cocaine in the bag and that he was on his way home to Greenford from a friend’s in Twickenham.

He had been stopped on London Road, Twickenham, after police noticed him driving at speed.

‘I was literally at my friends for about a week, I was on my way home,’ he told District Judge Timothy Godfrey after pleading guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 24 April.

Standing in the dock representing himself wearing a black hoodie he said: ‘Yeah, probably yeh, guilty,’ when asked if he agreed he had broken the law by leaving his home without a reasonable excuse.

‘I see you’re saying you’ve got no money but frankly you’ve got money for cocaine haven’t you?’ Judge Godfrey added, fining Bhere £70 for the drugs and £62 for breaching the restrictions.

Bhere’s three previous convictions for drugs possession were ‘not attractive,’ noted Judge Godfrey.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations require people to have a reasonable excuse for leaving their home during ‘lockdown’.

The regulations are reviewed every three weeks with the next review on May 7.

Bhere, 37, of Southall, Middlesex, admitted breaching lockdown restrictions and possession of cocaine and was fined £132.

Before the mistake was noticed the court listed his charge as an offence under schedule 21 to the Coronavirus Act 2020, which is intended for ‘potentially infectious persons’.

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