Ian Brady advisor's friend found with drug during raid
A MAN staying with Moors Murderer Ian Brady's mental health advocate Jackie Powell has admitted possessing heroin found during a raid on a property.
Clive Pinder, 44, originally of Alcester Road in Moseley, Birmingham, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to possessing 0.1 grams of heroin, said to have a street value of around £10.
Pinder gave his address in court as the same house on the Brynhyfryd estate in Llangennech which was raided on August 16 by police searching for a letter they believed Brady had written to Ms Powell, revealing the whereabouts of his victim Keith Bennett's body.
The 12-year-old, who disappeared in 1964, is the only one of Brady's victims whose body has still not been found.
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A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman confirmed the arrest of Pinder was an outcome of the investigation into Ms Powell led by Greater Manchester Police.
The court heard Pinder — who was accompanied to court by Ms Powell — had returned to the area after being released from prison earlier this year.
Prosecutor Peter Lloyd told the court police executed a search warrant at around 9.45am on August 16 and came across the drugs.
He said: "Mr Pinder was there at the time and officers found what they described as a hard substance, a hypodermic needle and some foil.
"It was found to contain diamorphine (the chemical name for heroin)."
He said the amount was "entirely consistent with personal use."
Defending Pinder, solicitor Mike Reed said he had been given the drugs to try.
"In early 2012, he was released from a short prison sentence," he said. "He went to work with his brother in Birmingham. He worked there for several months."
Mr Reed said Pinder had decided to move to West Wales to make a "fresh start".
"He stayed with a friend. On the day in question police visited the premises where he was staying," he said.
"They found this diamorphine.
"He fully co-operated and admitted it was his for his own personal use.
"He had been given it, he very foolishly experimented and tried it. He assures me he is not going to do it again.
"There's a very, very small amount here."
Mr Reed said Pinder was now looking for his own accommodation and either employment or a college course.
He was fined £55, and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £40 towards prosecution costs.