A FUGITIVE robber began taking drugs to bolster his morale because he was worried about the sentence he would receive if caught, the High Court heard yesterday. Chan Ka-ming, 25, became addicted, was arrested in possession of 'ice', and given an extra 18 months' jail term as a result. John Wright, defending, said Chan started taking drugs after jumping bail on the robbery charge in August last year. Mr Wright said Chan became addicted to ice and borrowed money from his brother to feed his habit. 'He was frightened and depressed. He needed to turn to something to bolster his sapping morale,' he told the court. Chan was hiding out in a flat in Cedar Street, Mongkok, on February 9 when he was arrested by police who were looking for someone else. Prosecutor Laura Millar said he was found to be in possession of seven packets of ice. The court heard the drugs were intended for his own use. Chan pleaded guilty to possessing 29 grams of ice. He is serving a 71/2-year jail term for the robbery, imposed at an earlier court hearing. Mr Justice Yeung sentenced Chan to 21/2 years' jail and ordered that 12 months be concurrent to the term he is already serving.