300 pregablin tables found in boot

Contest date set in assault case

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Judge has sentenced a serving prisoner to one month in custody after pleading guilty to possessing a Class C controlled drug.

Appearing via video-link from Magilligan, the case of John Paul Ward, (39), with an address listed at Old Road, Maghaberry, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, June 10.

The court heard that on June 18 last year, police were conducting a mobile patrol in the William Street of Lurgan.

Officers had already been informed by radio transmission that the occupants in a blue coloured vehicle had been observed acting suspiciously in a nearby area.

Police observed this vehicle travelling in the opposite direction in slow moving traffic and officers instructed the driver to turn into Brownlow Terrace and stop at the roadside.

Officers spoke with the defendant and conducted a search of him and the vehicle, with Ward admitting from the outset that he was in possession of pregablin tablets for his personal use.

These were retrieved from the rear offside footwell and the search continued with a further 300 pregablin capsules in the boot, as well as two yellow tablets and a mobile phone.

In his defence, the court was told that Ward is not due for release until October and his solicitor asked for a sentence that wouldn’t impact on that date.

District Judge Bernie Kelly acknowledged there was no point in obtaining a pre-sentence report as the defendant is a serving prisoner for other matters and isn’t due for release for another four months.

The Judge imposed a one month custodial sentence for the offence to run concurrently with his current sentence, as well as a destruction order for the drug.

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