Burnley custody death campaigner admits illegal drug possession
8:00pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER who campaigned for justice for her son, who was the youngest person to die in police custody, has admitted possessing an illegal drug.
Carol Jacqueline Pounder, 45, had 1.20 grams of Phenazepam, which is similar to Valium, but is said to be five times stronger.
But, her solicitor told Burnley magistrates she had it to help her sleep and there was nothing more sinister about it.
Pounder led a long-running campaign for justice after the death of her son Adam, 14, at Hassockfield detention centre in County Durham. The teenager took his own life after being subjected to a controversial nose distraction technique by detention officers. It has now been banned.
Pounder admitted possessing a Class C controlled drug on July 10.
The defendant, who had no previous convictions for drugs offences, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Pounder, of Greenock Close, Burnley, is on benefits.