Judge gives cannabis addict a chance

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A man who was caught with over £4500 worth of cannabis has been given a “chance” to address his drug addiction.

The defendant, who cannot be named because of an anonymity order, admitted possessing cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply in September last year.

Derry Crown Court heard that the man had a “considerable” drug habit and had been consuming the class B drug since the age of 14.

The court heard that police searched his home address under the misuse of drugs act and found a total of 458g of cannabis, worth over £4500.

During interview, the defendant claimed he had bought one bar of cannabis for himself and one for a friend. He told police he used his savings to buy the drugs.

A prosecutor told the court it was not accepted by the crown the man was a social supplier.

Defence counsel Ivor McAteer said his client has started treatment for his drug addiction and “it is going extremely well”.

Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing for six months to allow the defendant to continue this treatment.

He said: “I take the view if there are very, very real efforts to stay off drugs it maybe worth giving them a chance to do that”.

However, he told the defendant “I am giving absolutely no guarantee of any sort.

“He shouldn’t be persuaded he will not get a custodial sentence. He may well do.”