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Regulator postpones judgment in recognition of drug user’s personal circumstances

Mr M appeared before his regulatory body's disciplinary committee in relation to three offences regarding possession of Class A drugs. He had been found one evening at a nightclub with bags containing the drugs. A member of the security staff had called the police who arrested him and criminal proceedings were brought. He was fined and ordered to pay costs.

The committee held that the conviction would affect the public's view of a member of the profession and found Mr M guilty of serious professional misconduct.

However, it was noted that the registrant was a young man who had been working hard to overcome various difficulties. The committee decided to postpone judgment for 12 months and invited the registrant to provide evidence about his conduct in the meantime to ensure that he did not become involved with the police.

Nicole Curtis appeared on behalf of the regulator before its disciplinary committee.

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