A sheriff told an Aberdeenshire drug dealer he had “significant reservations” about sparing him jail yesterday, as he pushed back sentencing until next month.
Oliver Omerod claims he took up selling cannabis to fund self-medication for ADHD and anxiety.
His solicitor Dylan Middleton told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “It got to the point where he could no longer fund his habit.
“He made the terrible decision to sell it with a view to funding his continued use.”
The 23-year-old from Ellon previously admitted selling the Class B drug from his home in the town’s Esslemont Circle on April 19 and June 12 last year.
Mr Middleton claimed Omerod was approached by two people he did not know and who did not know where he lived and trusted to sell thousands of pounds worth of cannabis on their behalf.
Overall, cannabis worth more than £10,000 was seized in two raids at the property – one after he had been bailed for dealing last April.
Mr Middleton said his client had returned to his old ways as he was “anxious” about being in debt to his nameless contacts.
Yesterday sentencing was delayed until March to allow for further background reports as Omerod prepares to move in with his parents in Turriff.
The sheriff said: “It does not strike me as anything other than a lost cause given he doesn’t attend appointments with his psychiatrist and he is insistent he will still use cannabis.
“He breached bail and continued drug dealing.
“He owes 10,000 and huge amounts of other debts and I think the temptation will be to return to drug dealing again.”