‘Cocktail of drugs’ in man’s blood

The case was heard at Belfast Crown Court
The case was heard at Belfast Crown Court
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A ‘cocktail of drugs’ was found in the blood of a 27-year-old man charged with driving while unfit, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday, December 23.

Christopher Anthony Hughes, whose address was given as Dingwell Park, Lurgan, admitted the offence which happened on June 23 this year.

The court heard that at 3.55pm police stopped the defendant who was driving in Edward Street, 
Lurgan.

When spoken to Hughes appeared very drowsy and a blood sample was taken. On analysis it was discovered there were a number of 
illegal and prescription drugs in the sample.

They included ecstasy, diazepam, cannabis and tramadol as well as other 
drugs.

Police checks also revealed Hughes was disqualified from driving but that had been dealt with at another court.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said it was alarming the level intoxication and stupefaction the defendant had got himself into with this ‘cocktail of 
drugs’.

He added that Hughes was putting the public at an extreme risk and the court would be considering a custodial sentence.

Mr Conor Downey, representing the defendant, said his client had 
purchased this vehicle but it had been seized by police and scrapped.

Judge Copeland adjourned sentencing until January 27 so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

He remanded Hughes on his own bail of £500 with the conditions that he resides at Dingwell Park and reports on a Saturday at 
midday to police in 
Lurgan.