Defence solicitor says man ‘was at a desperately low ebb’

Coleraine Court

A Limavady man jailed for four months for offences including possessing drugs was at a “desperately low ebb”, his solicitor told Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Grant Thomas Campbell (22), of Rosseden Park, was caught with cocaine and Diazepam in April this year.

Police saw the defendant at Irish Green Street and when he was approached he threw packages of white powder and tablets onto the ground.

He himself was taken to the ground during the incident.

Last December police had a warrant to search an address in Limavady and they found Campbell in a living room with 50 Valium tablets worth £50 and cannabis worth £55.

Meanwhile, arising out of an incident on March 20 this year the defendant admitted charges of being disorderly at Greenvale, Limavady, and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

Charges of assaulting a female, occasioning her actual bodily harm; assault of a man; and making a threat to burn a flat were withdrawn by prosecutors.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday June 18 via video link from prison.

Defence solicitor Don Mahoney said the defendant was recently sentenced at Antrim Crown Court to 16 months in custody and is due to be released in January next year.

Mr Mahoney said a “common thread” ran through the offending but said the defendant is now drug free.

At the time of the offences, he said Campbell was at a “desperately low ebb”.

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