Warning for defendant drug use will have ‘negative effect’ on life

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A 29-year-old man was fined £250 last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court for unlawful possession of herbal cannabis on February 22 this year.

Paul Moore, of Broad Oaks, Lawrencetown, was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard police stopped a vehicle in Gilford. A quantity of cannabis was found and Moore said it was worth £20 and belonged to him.

A defence solicitor said Moore used to take the drug on a recreational basis but this was the first time in years.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, told the defendant: “If you persist with this it is going to have a negative effect beyond your sporting and social life.”