Court loses patience with drug user

There was a sitting of Longford District Court last week.
There was a sitting of Longford District Court last week.

A Lurgan man was told the court had ‘reached the end of its patience’ with him as a drug user, as he was jailed for three months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Dean Robert Currie (34), Russell Drive, Lurgan, admitted charges of possession of diazepam, cannabis resin, and two other class B drugs on March 11 this year.

For each offence he was sentenced to three months in custody.

Concurrent two month terms were imposed for dishonestly using electricity and damaging a meter.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that at 8.20pm police searched the defendant’s home and found that the electricity meter had been by-passed and the meter damaged in the process. Currie was not present.

They also found suspected cannabis in plastic bags. Tablets and white powder was also seized.

When he was interviewed the following day he admitted the offences and that the drug was cannabis and the tablets were diazepam. The white powder was Methylethcatoine and Methylone.

A barrister representing Currie said he had not worked in three years but was taking positive steps to get back into the job market.

He added that arrangements had been made to repay the NIE.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said there was a fairly significant amount of drugs and different kinds involved.

He felt that Currie’s record was becoming a major concern and the fact he was in possession of a high volume of drugs could not be ignored.

Judge Bates said the matters justified a custodial sentence.