Ballymena Court heard that man allegedly said to police: “What harm am I doing here smoking a wee joint at night?’

Ballymena Magistrates Court
Ballymena Magistrates Court

A Ballymena man accused of possessing cannabis is alleged to have said to police officers: “What harm am I doing here smoking a wee joint at night?”

James McDowell (26) of Lanntara, appeared at the town’s Magistrates Court on Saturday morning charged with possessing cannabis on Friday June 8.

It was also alleged, that a number of hours earlier, he had contravened a Non-Molestation Order in the Antrim Road area of the town.

A police officer said she believed she could connect him to the charges.

She told the court the defendant’s ex-partner claimed McDowell walked past her and that the defendant claimed she owed him money.

The officer said the woman said she knew nothing about any money owed.

The alleged incident was in breach of a Non-Molestation Order and police later went to an address and found McDowell in the property.

He made the alleged remark about smoking cannabis and also struggled with officers.

A defence solicitor said it had been a “chance meeting” between McDowell and his ex-partner.

The defendant was released on £500 bail by District Judge Liam McNally with conditions which include residing at an address known to police; having no contact with his ex-partner and not possessing or consuming illegal drugs.

The case was adjourned to June 28.

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