Man with Ahoghill address who is accused of drugs offences is set to have matter sent to Crown Court

A MAN accused of drugs related offences is to set to have his case sent to the Crown Court.

Lee Purdy (27), with an address listed as Brookfield Gardens in Ahoghill, originally faced 13 charges.

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.

The case was mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court, sitting in Antrim, on Thursday where a prosecutor said her department had decided that the case is going to the Crown Court “for a number of drug offences”.

She asked for the case to be adjourned for four weeks to possibly fix a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to send a case to the Crown Court.


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