Loughgall man gets six months in prison

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A Loughgall man was sentenced to a total of six months in prison last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for a series of offences.

Christopher Reid (29), Lurgancott Lane, Loughgall, appeared in court by way of videolink from Maghaberry prison.

For possession of a bladed instrument, a knife, on June 18, 2013, he was sentenced to three months in custody.

Concurrent three month terms were imposed for falsely claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in 2013 and failing to notify the Social Security Agency of a change in circumstances.

He was also jailed for three months, also concurrently, for unlawful possession of a class B drug on November 20 this year.

A three month suspended sentence was also activated to run consecutively, making a total of six months in custody.

The court heard that on June 18, 2013, Reid was seen in Charles Street, Portadown, and was tapping a knife on the window of a house.

When police went into the house they found the knife on a sofa. Reid had also been claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance while he was working.

On November 20 this year he police arrested Reid due to outstanding warrants and he had a small piece of cannabis resin.

Mr Conor Downey, representing the defendant, said his client had taken a pragmatic approach to the offences and realised that he faced an immediate custodial sentence.

He added that to Reid’s credit he had been doing a good job as a farm manager in the Aghagallon area and was held in high esteem.

But, added Mr Downey, the defendant knew that he would have to ‘face the music’ at some stage.