‘Connoisseur of cannabis’ gets suspended jail term

A man previously described in court as a “connoisseur of cannabis” was caught with a number of drugs in his possession as he walked through a seaside resort in the early hours of December 30 last year.

Jonathan David Edgar (21), whose address was given as Magheramenagh Drive in Portrush, was at Coleraine Magistrates Court for sentencing on a number of charges including having cannabis, Diazepam and Tetrahydrocannabinol; possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of an offensive weapon – a baton.

Around 1.15am on December 30 police had searched a rucksack and found five polygrip bags containing herbal cannabis and there were tubs containing herbal cannabis.

When Edgar’s home was searched more cannabis was found along with syringes and Diazepam tablets.

The court heard the defendant told the PSNI he carried the baton everywhere as it made him feel safer because he had been robbed before although the matter had not been reported to the police.

The defendant had said the drugs were for his own personal use.

Previously, a defence lawyer said Edgar was a “connoisseur of cannabis” who carried around “different variations and strains” of the drug.

A defence barrister told the latest hearing that although the defendant had “achieved all his GCSEs” and had previously worked in a coffee shop he had a long-standing addiction to herbal cannabis and had mental health issues.

District Judge Peter King said that since coming to court for the first time last year the defendant now had 14 drug related convictions which was a “depressingly remarkable criminal career”.

Edgar was given a three months prison term, suspended for 18 months.

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