Daily Mirror Friday April 23rd 2004
MAGIC! THE MUSHROOM MAN'S FREE
An artist caught with 73 bags of magic mushrooms at Glastonbury Festival walked free from court after claiming he intended to build a sculpture of a volcano from them.
Stephen Thomas,43,allegedly told police who arrested him he planned to sell each bag of the dried fungi for £10.
He later denied possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
A Bristol jury was discharged after it failed to reach a verdict.
Thomas, from Sheffield,had told them: "I was going to make a magic mushroom sculpture and gaze up at it."
The prosecution now has a week to decide whether to drop the case or bring a re-trial
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