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Homeless Derry footballer given ‘chance’ by judge

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who will represent Northern Ireland in the Homeless World Cup has been given a conditional discharge for 18 months.

Gerard McCaughey, of Strand Foyer, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis on November 19, last year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called by a manager at Jefferson Court after four small bags of herbal cannabis were found in McCaughey’s room.

It was revealed the defendant had been fined for possessing cannabis in April this year.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court McCaughey has been selected to represent Northern Ireland in the Homeless World Cup. He said the tournament takes place in Chile in October.

Passing sentence, District Judge Peter Magill said: ‘I am told you have turned a corner, I am going to give you a chance to prove it’.

He imposed the conditional discharge and told McCaughey ‘I want to encourage your endeavours in regard to sport and you will need every penny for that’.

 
 
 

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