Charge withdrawn: Man had been accused of possessing imitation firearm with intent to cause others to believe unlawful violence could be used

Ballymena Court

A man accused of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause others to believe unlawful violence could be used has had the charge withdrawn.

Christopher McCosh (36), whose address was given as Dunclug Gardens in Ballymena, had originally been facing the charge following an incident in the nearby Dunvale area last summer.

At the time witnesses said a police helicopter equipped with a spotlight hovered in the area in the early hours of the morning.

Also last year, a PSNI spokesperson had said a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of a class C controlled drug.

The police said the arrest “followed a report that a male carrying a suspected firearm had been observed in the Dunvale area of Ballymena”.

The police statement had added: “Following a search of a property in the area a suspected BB gun was recovered by police.”

In February this year, McCosh’s case was first mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

He initially faced two charges – the first being possession of an imitation firearm and the second being possession of Diazepam relating to July 4 last year.

Back at the same court, on Thursday, a prosecutor said the imitation firearm charge had been withdrawn.

The defendant pleaded guilty to possessing a Class C drug – Diazepam.

The prosecutor said that around 1am on July 4 last year police received a report in relarion to another matter and during a search McCosh was found in possession of three tablets in tin foil and twenty tablets in another piece of tin foil.

During an interview he told police he had a prescription for the three white tablets but none for the twenty Diazepam tablets.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said at the time the defendant had been prescribed Diazepam but had taken additional Diazepam without prescription.

The lawyer said the defendant is receiving assistance with his addiction.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said on this occasion it would be a fine but told the defendant: “If you don’t address this drug issue it will not be a fine the next time”.
McCosh was fined £150.

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