A Ballymena man caught with cannabis is, according to defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine, “well and truly finished with this practice” because he lives with his parents and is concerned with the effect his behaviour is having.
Connor McIlhagga (23), a welder of Murob Park, had his case dealt with at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday and admitted a charge of possessing the Class B drug.
The court heard that on January 23 this year police on patrol in the Cullybackey Road area of Ballymena saw a vehicle parked in a lay-by.
Two males were present and a strong smell of cannabis was detected.
The defendant presented a small tin to police which contained three grammes of cannabis.
The court heard the defendant had a caution for a similar offence three years ago.
Solicitor Mr Ballentine said: “He indicates this is him well and truly finished with this practice”.
The defendant was fined £150.