A FORMER soldier has been given a second chance after breaching conditions of a community order.

Stuart House, of Old Redbridge Road, Southampton, was originally found by police in a car trying to stuff cocaine down his trousers.

He and the driver had more than £1,000 in cash and 17 wraps of cocaine with a street value £1,360.

As part of the community order handed to him last year, the 29 year old was expected to attend a number of rehabilitation activity requirement days.

However, since then he has failed 13 drug tests and missed ten rehab sessions.

Khalid Missouri, mitigating, told the court that House spent four years in the army and served in Afghanistan. When he returned he became addicted to cocaine and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sentencing at Southampton Crown Court, Judge Christopher Parker QC told House he was being given a final chance to turn his life around. House was given an additional four months of drug rehabilitation sessions and a curfew added to his sentence.