Fined for drugs offences and assaulting police officer

Lurgan man threatened mother, court hears

The case was heard at Banbridge Magistrates' Court, sitting in Newry.

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A TEENAGER who his own solicitor admitted is "building up quite a record" has been fined for possession of a Class B controlled drug.

Andrew Robb, 18, whose address was given in Banbridge Magistrates' Court as no fixed abode, Lurgan, was also convicted of assault on police.

The court heard that on 12 June this year, police attended an address on Railway Street in Banbridge and spoke to Robb, who made reference to police about drugs in his possession.

Officers then carried out a search and found two grams of cannabis in a black grinder on his person.

When placed under arrest he then became aggressive to police and kicked out at officers.

Restraints had to be applied and one officer sustained a bump and small graze to his forehead.

Defence counsel stated it was "not a set of facts anyone could be proud of", saying Robb is "a young man building up quite a record for these types of offences".

"To his credit, he did tell police he had the drugs on his person but afterwards, that's when he kicked off.

"It's not the worst case that will ever come before Your Worship but it's particularly nasty and he's asked me to apologise to the police officer who was injured.

"He's not doing himself any favours and his record is starting to build up."

District Judge Eamonn King referenced how Robb had been given a community service order following a previous conviction in May of this year and enquired as to how he was getting on with observing that.

His defence stated Robb was "not doing well" and said he was due to appear in court next month in relation to that matter.

"Well I'll get him then," Judge King stated, before imposing fines totalling £370, including a £15 offender levy, while making an order for the destruction of the drugs.

Defence counsel asked for time to pay the fines as Robb is on benefits, with Judge King granting him 10 weeks and commenting: "That might sort him out if he was to work and take a bit of steam out of him."

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