Afraid he’ll die in prison

A Chinese national accused of producing cannabis has told a court he does not “want to die in prison”.

Luke Yig, of no fixed abode, has been on remand since January accused of being concerned in the production of cannabis at a house in Limavady.

The 68-year-old, who appeared in court via vdeiolink, told the court he was not feeling very well and was not able to see a doctor in prison.

He added, via an interpreter, that he had a stroke in the past and has heart problem as well as high blood pressure and problems with his vision.

He said that he did not want to die in prison and was afraid if the case dragged on he would not survive.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he had been prepared to release Yig on bail. However because of immigration problems he would be arrested again immediately.

He said that he would like Yig to be seen by a doctor as a “matter of urgency in the presence of an interpreter”.

The judge adjourned the case until November 7.

He requested Yig is medically assessed as soon as possible.