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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Richhill man currently studying law in England, who was caught with multiple ecstasy tablets, will learn his sentence next month after a judge expressed concern at the quantity involved.

Rhys John Aughey (25) from Angela Crescent admitted having MDMA, also known as ecstasy, on 24 May 2020, after police received a report of an unconscious male in a toilet at Craigavon Area Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.

When officers arrived, Aughey had been taken for treatment, however 27 tablets were recovered from the toilet where he had been found.

Once discharged, police arrested Aughey and forensic analysis confirmed the tablets were ecstasy.

At Craigavon Magistrates' Court District Judge Bernie Kelly initially indicated she would sentence Aughey straightaway as has no previous convictions for drugs charges although, she added, “He has a lot of driving whilst unfit and allied offences.”

On hearing the quantity of tablets involved however she felt the matter "deserves more than a fine".

The case was adjourned until 22 June for a pre-sentence report, by which time Aughey is expected to be on summer break from university.

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