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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Banbridge man, who swallowed a cannabis capsule, has pleaded guilty to five offences.

The case of Roderick Campbell Harvey, (51), of Reilly Park, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, January 7.

The court heard that on May 13 last year, police observed a motorcycle heading towards Gilford and when they flashed the lights and turned on the siren, the driver didn’t stop and continued to overtake vehicles.

Upon stopping, the driver, who was identified as the defendant, placed an item into his mouth and swallowed it, which was later confirmed as being cannabis. Therefore, Harvey was charged with possessing a Class B controlled drug and obstructing the powers of a search for drugs.

An inspection of the motorcycle showed that it had no mirrors and no L plates were on display, with the defendant also charged for failing to stop for police.

In his defence, the court was told that Harvey pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and that he realised he put other road users at risk due to the defective mirrors. It was stated that the motorcycle is now sold and that he swallowed the tablet as he didn’t want to come before the court again.

District Judge Bernie Kelly remarked that Harvey has “a bad record for possession of drugs” and that he “doesn’t agree with medical advice he is given by his doctor and abuses drugs.”

For the possession of a Class B drug and obstructing the powers of a search for drugs charges, the defendant was imposed with a two month custodial sentence, suspended for two years. A destruction order for any drug was also granted.

For failing to display L plates, the defendant was fined £25 and imposed with a six month disqualification, as well as being fined £75 for having no mirrors on motor vehicle and a £100 fine for failing to stop for police.

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