Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Policeman's Wife Tells of Viagra Use; Woman Denies Supplying and Using Cocaine

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Policeman's Wife Tells of Viagra Use; Woman Denies Supplying and Using Cocaine

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Byline: Rob Kennedy

ABUSINESS executive married to a policeman accused of cocaine and misconduct charges has told a court she had never taken the drug.

Det Sgt Paul Thompson admits developing a cocaine habit but denies supply charges and making illegal checks on the police computer.

His wife, Susan Thompson, an executive at a Teesside-based housing association, is accused of selling cocaine on to her friends but yesterday she told a court she had no idea her husband was using cocaine and denied using or supplying it.

The 44-year-old admitted she and her husband had used a Viagra derivative called Kamagra.

However she insisted she had never taken any illegal drugs and said she had no idea her husband had developed a cocaine habit.

Prosecutors allege Susan Thompson supplied cocaine sourced through her husband on to her friends. She denies the charge.

Asked yesterday about prosecution allegations that she was a social drug user who had supplied to friends, she replied: "I have not, never, it's not true."

She went on to reject claims her life involved lots of drugs and parties.

She said: "That's not true at all, we don't party." Giving evidence yesterday, she was asked about text messages between her and a friend which referred to getting some "do-dah."

She said: "It was a reference to kamagra, which is a Viagra tablet. Me and Paul were using it at the time, we had been since early 2010."

Susan Thompson said her husband would buy the kamagra via his half-brother Brian Thompson.

She said Paul Thompson was also buying kamagra for a work colleague in the police.

However she insisted she had never used cocaine and did not know her husband was taking it until they were arrested.

Susan Thompson told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court that she was a successful business executive at a Middlesbrough-based housing association who was responsible for the selling and renting of social housing around the North East.

She told how she directed operations at the firm and earned between pounds 5,000-pounds 6,000 a month and said their total household income was between pounds 7,000-pounds 8,000. …

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