‘Bright future’ for defendant

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A young Portadown man with a ‘bright future in front of him’ hopefully has learned his lesson after his second drugs offence, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Friday.

Sean Breen (18), The Beeches, Portadown, admitted unlawful possession of a class B drug, cannabis, on January 16 this year.

The court heard that around 2.40am police stopped a car containing five occupants and they could smell cannabis from the vehicle.

They said that the car would be searched and Breen, who was a rear seat passenger, handed over a small amount of cannabis. He had a previous caution for possession of a class B drug.

A barrister representing the defendant said that friends from Armagh had come up to Portadown and called for him.

He said that the small piece of cannabis was for Breen’s own personal use and it was just enough for one joint.

The lawyer added that his client did not have a problem but it was simply the company he was in on this occasion.

He said Breen was a student in music who teaches music among young people in the Lurgan and Portadown area.

He also played for a local football and hurling club and had a lot of potential.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers told Breen he had such a bright future ahead of him and that she hoped he had really learned a lesson.

Imposing a conditional discharge for 12 months she hoped that the defendant’s gifts would be well employed in the future.