LONDON: A man who mistakenly handed bags of cocaine instead of sweets to a police officer’s children out trick-or-treating on Halloween has been ordered to do community service.

Apprentice panelbeater Donald Junior Green fished in his pockets for a bag of sweets to give to the youngsters, but instead pulled out a plastic pack containing eight bags of cocaine he had bought for £200 (R2 800) earlier that day, the Oldham Magistrate’s Court heard.

He dropped the drugs into the goodie bags carried by the three children, aged eight, six and five, who were out trick-or-treating, escorted by their father, an off-duty policeman.

The 23-year-old Green then closed the door, went back inside the house and put his hand in his pockets to get out his drugs – but instead pulled out the sweets. Green immediately realised what had happened and went on foot, then by car, scouring the streets of Oldham to find the youngsters.

But the officer, Simon Fowell, had taken his children home and, as they emptied their goodie bags to share the spoils, he spotted the drugs – and made a swift call to his on-duty colleagues.

Green, who has a job and attends college, admitted possessing a class A drug.

He was given a 12-month community order and sentenced to do 130 hours of community work. – The Independent