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A Belfast man, who was detected with pregablin at Lurgan police station, has been fined for possession of a Class C controlled drug.

Appearing via video-link from HMP Maghaberry, the case of Michael Nicholson, (23), of Benbradagh Gardens, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, December 31, 2021.

The court heard that on August 18 last year, officers received a report of a concerned female regarding her safety.

The defendant accompanied the female in question to Lurgan police station, where he was reported to be unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and eyes dilated.

A search found three red and white pregablin tablets, with Nicholson making full admissions.

Representing himself, the defendant told the court that the offence was “stupidity” and that he confirmed he was 23-years-old but he looked 43.

District Judge Bernie Kelly told Nicholson that he was serving “a life sentence in bite size pieces” and imposed a one month custodial sentence for the offence, as well as a destruction order for the drug.

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