A Ballymena man with a poor criminal record who has admitted possessing drugs has been told by a judge he is being given a “chance”as he adjourned sentencing until December 20.
Daley Mooney (26), whose address was listed as Henry Street, was detected with morphine, Alprazolam, Buphrenorphine and cannabis on February this year and Xanax in May this year.
In one incident he had a bag containing 35 tablets and a small amount of cannabis was found in his sock.
Defence barrister Stephen Law said his client had been “given a lifeline” as he had a new home in the town in which he had taken a “real pride” and had spent all his time and money doing it up as in previous years he had lived “from pillar to post”.
Mr Law said Mooney had been given a “job lot” of drugs and said they were for his own use.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he would give the defendant a chance to engage with a current Probation Order.
He said: “It is up to you to prove me wrong because you have a very poor criminal record especially for drugs. I’m told you’re going to turn the corner”.
The judge said he wanted to see a good report on Mooney when he is next due back in court and that if he didn’t engage with his Probation Order he ran the risk of a custodial sentence.
Mooney, who appeared via video link from prison after an arrest warrant had been issued, was released on £500 bail and has to submit to a field impairment test if asked to do so by police.