Ballymena Court hears man accused of drugs offences allegedly ran off from police but ‘handed himself in’ next day

A MAN accused of drugs related offences has had his case further adjourned at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Lee Purdy (28), with an address listed as Brookfield Gardens in Ahoghill, faces 13 charges.

The court heard it alleged that when stopped by police on one occasion the defendant ran off but he handed himself into the PSNI the next day.

A defence barrister said he was concerned about a delay in the case saying the defendant had been in custody since May.

The defence lawyer said one thing the police had originally raised, which had led to bail being previously refused, was a “concern for this man’s safety”

The lawyer said an address was available outside the area and said a family member was prepared to lodge a bail surety of £3,000 to allay fears that the defendant could be a “flight risk”.

A police officer objected to bail saying there was a “risk of further offending”.

Ten of the charges relate to last September.

The charges include possessing cannabis; possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply; possession of ‘criminal property’; possessing an offensive weapon – a baseball bat – in a public place, Brookfield Gardens; resisting a police officer; obstructing the same officer; assaulting the same officer; assaulting another officer; possession of herbal cannabis and possession of herbal cannabis with intent to supply.

The defendant is also charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis between January 1, 2017, and May 28, 2020.

He is also accused of possessing herbal cannabis and possession of ‘criminal property’ on May 28 this year.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court, sitting in Antrim, District Judge Nigel Broderick refused bail on the grounds of a “flight risk” and a “risk of further offences”.

He said the issue of delay in the case was insufficient.

The case was adjourned to November 5.

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