Calum Jenkins, who will soon become a father, said he had not smoked cannabis that day
An expectant father will no longer be able to work as a mobile barber after he was caught driving just above the limit for cannabis. Calum Jenkins “bitterly regrets” the offence which will have a serious impact on him and his heavily pregnant partner, Cardiff Magistrates’ Court heard.
Jenkins, 24, was stopped by police on May 17 while driving in Llanedeyrn. Prosecutor Nicholas Evans said officers had been called after a member of the public reported two men were sitting in a car smoking the Class B drug. “The caller expressed concerns that they would drive under the influence in a residential area where there may have been children,” he added.
Police stopped Jenkins’ BMW 2 Series in Circle Way East. He was the only person in the car but officers could smell cannabis as they approached. They described the defendant’s eyes as “red and glassy”.
A test showed he had 2.4mg of THC – the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – per litre of blood. The legal driving limit is 2mg.
Jenkins, of Coed-y-Gores, admitted drug-driving though he claimed he had not smoked cannabis on the day he was arrested. He had no previous convictions.
His solicitor Tom Trobe said: “With great regret he loses his clean character. He attends court today with a long-term partner who is heavily pregnant. On the day in question he wasn’t smoking cannabis. The person he was with was smoking cannabis.
“He accepts he does smoke cannabis, often in the evenings after work. The last time he had done this was the day before. He just didn’t think that smoking cannabis the night before could possibly put him before the court. It was a very low reading.
“He suffers with anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He has been using cannabis to deal with that and found it very effective but he has now moved onto CBD oil and gummies.”
Mr Trobe added that the inevitable loss of his client’s driving licence would prevent him working as a mobile barber. “He bitterly regrets his actions. He is going to have to work from a shop. The financial impact will be significant.”
Presiding Justice Peter Ghroum told the defendant that cannabis can still be detected in the body up to a month after it is taken. “It is an extremely unfortunate case,” he said. “The seriousness of people with drugs in their systems is the impact upon others and that’s why the court takes this so seriously.”
The magistrates imposed a 12-month driving ban, £200 fine, £85 in prosecution costs, and a £34 victim services surcharge. Jenkins will pay the debt at a rate of £40 per month.
As he left the court he was told by Mr Ghroum: “Keep off the roads. Good luck with the newborn