Problem of drugs raised by new Judge

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The problem of drugs in Limavady came under the spotlight this week at the local Magistrates Court when the recently appointed District Judge was hearing a drugs case concerning cannabis.

District Judge Liam McNally said in his short time in Limavady, over the past two weeks, there seemed to be a large number of drugs offences. Speaking to a prosecutor, the Judge said he took it there was a particular problem in Limavady with class B drugs. The prosecutor replied: “I wouldn’t disagree.”

Judge McNally made his comments when hearing the case of Stuart Hutchinson from Edenmore Park in the town. He was convicted of possession of a class B drug, herbal cannabis, on July 10 when police seized eight grams of cannabis worth £106 and a further two grams worth £40. Judge McNally deferred sentencing for 12 months and warned Hutchinson (24) if he committed further offences he would face jail.