Man with criminal record so thick a ‘staple couldn’t pierce’ the paperwork is back in Ballymena court

A MAN with over 300 convictions whose criminal record is so bad a judge once said the paperwork was “so thick that a staple can’t pierce it” has clocked up another conviction after being caught with cannabis when police swooped on an alleyway near Ballymena PSNI Station.

Noel Campbell (60), of Chichester Park West, Ballymena, pleaded guilty to possessing the Class B drug when he appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court.

A prosecutor said police observed two males in an alleyway in the Princes Street area of Ballymena on June 24 this year and one made off and one remained.

A small amount of cannabis was recovered from Campbell.

A defence solicitor said the defendant’s criminal record had “tailed off” in recent years save for a public order offence last year which resulted in a suspended sentence.

He said the father-of-six had no further pending charges.

The lawyer said Campbell was a man of “limited means in receipt of universal credit” who “more or less leads a hand to mouth existence”.

The defendant was fined £150.

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