Suspended jail term for third drugs conviction

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

A 21-year- old man was given a suspended prison sentence last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for his third drugs conviction.

Stefan Hyde, Woodside Green, Portadown, admitted unlawful possession of a class A drug, cocaine, on November 14 last year.

He was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

The court heard that at 1.25am in Churchill Park, Portadown, a bag of white powder was found on the defendant who was heavily intoxicated through drink or drugs.

It contained £40 worth of cocaine.

Hyde was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital because he said he had taken ecstasy tablets.

When interviewed he said he was surprised as police that a bag of white powder had been found in his pocket but he would ‘take the rap’.

Mr Richard Monteith, representing the defendant, said Hyde was about to leave the jurisdiction.

District Judge, Mr Peter King, said Hyde had a limited record but this was his third drugs conviction, the previous two for class B drugs.

He added that a pre-sentence report showed that the defendant was a young man who was maturing.

Hyde said he was going to England to do plumbing work.