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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 January, 2005, 15:10 GMT
Jodi accused makes cannabis claim
Jodi Jones
Luke Mitchell has denied murdering 14-year-old Jodi
The teenager accused of murdering schoolgirl Jodi Jones said he smoked the equivalent of 600 cannabis joints a week, a court has heard.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told that Luke Mitchell claimed his weekly intake doubled to four-and-a-half ounces at about the time Jodi died.

A drug expert, Detective Constable Brian Melrose, said he had never heard of anyone using such a large amount.

Luke Mitchell denies murdering Jodi in woods near Dalkeith in June 2003.

The 16-year-old told a psychiatrist that at about the time of Jodi's death, his use of the drug doubled.

Even as an adult, it would be difficult to function on that amount (of cannabis)
Det Con Brian Melrose
Giving evidence on Wednesday, Det Con Melrose, 42, told the court that in his 19 years as a police officer he had never heard of anyone using such vast quantities of the drug.

He said: "Even as an adult, it would be difficult to function on that amount."

The drug expert said two ounces would be enough for 300 joints a week, which would equate to a 40-a-day habit.

This would cost the user about 90 a week, he said.

'Never heard of that'

Alan Turnbull QC, prosecuting, showed Det Con Melrose a psychiatrist's report prepared for Luke Mitchell's defence team.

During an interview with the doctor, the accused said that before Jodi died he was using about two ounces of cannabis resin a week. After her death, it was closer to four ounces a week.

Det Con Melrose told the court that 600 joints could be made from four-and-a-half ounces of cannabis resin, before adding: "I've never heard of that."

Luke Mitchell denies murdering Jodi at a wooded area near Roan's Dyke on 30 June, 2003.

He claims that at the time he was in, or near, his home, and that Jodi was murdered by person or persons unknown.

He also denies charges of possessing knives in public places and being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin to other school pupils, including Jodi.

The trial continues.

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