Owen Morrison to stand trial on cocaine possession charge

Owen Morrison'' �/Lorcan Doherty Photography
Owen Morrison'' �/Lorcan Doherty Photography

A former Derry City and Sheffield Wednesday footballer is to stand trial at Derry Crown Court accused of drugs offences.

John Owen Morrison, whose address was given on court papers as Norburgh Park, is charged with possessing cocaine and acquiring possession of prohibited goods, namely a class A drug.

The 33-year-old is further charged with driving a car knowing it to be stolen.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on February 20.

During a brief hearing at Derry Magistrates Court, Morrison declined to say anything in answer to the charges.

He also declined to call any evidence on his own behalf.

Defence counsel Steven Mooney accepted there is a case for the 33-year-old to answer.

Morrison was released on continuing bail to appear at the crown court for arraignment on August 28.

Morrison made a name for himself as a young player with Sheffield Wednesday, making one appearance in the Premier League as a substitute before moving across the city to Sheffield Utd in 2003. He also played for Bradford City and Stockport County.