Road closed after lorry and cyclist crash
RAMSGATE: The grieving partner of a murdered man took drugs to help her through the trauma, a court has heard.
Taffida Gabr, 32, formerly of Ramsgate, admitted possessing amphetamines, cannabis and 37 non-prescribed tablets of Valium when she appeared before Canterbury magistrates.
Ruth Dalziell, prosecuting, said the drugs were found after Gabr's car was involved in a one-vehicle crash on the A2 at Bridge on September 4.
Defence solicitor Lewis Holloway said Gabr had suffered from extreme anxiety and depression following the murder of her boyfriend Cathal Hughes in Ramsgate last year.
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He said: "She had to give evidence and it was extremely traumatic for her during the months leading up to the trial."
Gabr, who now lives in Dover, had self-medicated when she was forced to move away from Ramsgate and was between GPs.
"She is no longer taking illegal drugs and is receiving counselling," Mr Holloway said.
Gabr was given a 12-month community order and was ordered to carry out 40 hours' unpaid work. She must also pay £85 court costs.
RAMSGATE: A plaque marking the association between the town and author John Gibson Lockhart is due to be unveiled this month.
The plaque will be at 4 Spencer Square where the author, best known for his book on the life of St Walter Scott, lived.
The plaque is one of a series being arranged by the Ramsgate Society.
Others are to Karl Marx, John le Mesurier and Edward Heath.
RAMSGATE: A main road was closed on Monday by police after a cyclist crashed with a lorry.
The Haine Road was shut at 3pm. The rider, a man believed to be in his 20s, was seriously hurt and was taken to Thanet hospital.