Unemployed ‘sponger’ Joseph Plimmer has been tagged – after giving unprescribed pills to his brother’s girlfriend.
The 22-year-old handed over the 14 tablets which were later discovered by police at an address in Forsbrook.
And when the defendant could not explain how he came to have the anti-anxiety etizolam he was charged with possessing a class C drug.
Now he has admitted the offence and been handed a curfew as well as being tagged.
Prosecutor David Bennett told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: “Police attended an address in Forsbrook and discovered 14 pills. The resident said the defendant gave them to her to help her sleep. She was dating the defendant’s brother.
“On August 16, Plimmer attended a police station and admitted giving her the pills. He said he took them himself to help him sleep.
“They were not prescribed to him. He didn’t say how he obtained them, but he had not been paid for them.”
Representing himself, Plimmer, of Woodlands Lane, Blythe Bridge, said: “My dad looks after me – I don’t have a job. My dad pays my £2-a-session gym subscription.”
Recorder Benjamin Gumpert described Plimmer as ‘sponging off his dad’.
He added: “You are sponging from your dad when you are fit and healthy.”
The defendant was also fined £50 after breaching a suspended sentence.