A HOMELESS man was found in a “zombiefied state” in Wrexham town centre.
Wayne Aaron John Griffiths, 21, pleaded guilty at Wrexham Magistrates Court to failing to comply with a public spaces protection order following an incident in Regent Street on February 27.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Wrexham had a “problem with the use of ‘spice’ and ‘black mamba’” which left users in a “zombiefied state”.
Alun Williams, defending, said Griffiths had only four previous convictions despite being homeless for a considerable amount of time and had spent the previous night sleeping in a shop doorway.
When asked why he was late for his court appearance, Griffiths replied he was “stuck in traffic”.
“I have a lot of sympathy for him,” said Mr Williams.
“This is a blunt instrument to treat an ongoing problem we have. These were legal highs and they are now having a profound effect on people.”
Deputy district judge Maurice Champion fined Griffiths £100 with a victim surcharge of £30.