A ROOKLEY man who smoked a joint while exploring an abandoned building in Niton has appeared in court.

Kevin Junior Wadey, 18, of Main Road, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (March 30).

He admitted possession of cannabis on February 17 of this year.

Prosecutor, Liz Miller, told the court police were called to Undercliff Drive, Niton, at around 10.15pm.

She said officers attended an abandoned property, unoccupied due to the subsidence of the cliffside.

Ms Miller said four males had entered through a window and police noted the smell of cannabis.

She said two small quantities of cannabis were found ­— one belonging to Wadey.

Oscar Vincent, defending, said Wadey described in police interview, how he and his friends had been exploring the abandoned property.

He said Wadey did not break in or commit any other offences, but did sit down and smoke a joint.

Mr Vincent said Wadey immediately volunteered the information that the cannabis was his.

He said Wadey had not consumed cannabis since the offence, and did not suffer from controlled substance or alcohol abuse.

Wadey was given a six-month conditional discharge, and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £22 surcharge.