A young mother has been fined £150 after admitting having drugs in her possession.
The 22-year-old’s barrister commented: “This sends her a signal – this is not good enough for her and it couldn’t be good for her child.”
Nicole Simpson, of Kinallen, Co Down pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Court heard that on January 30, last year, police spotted a Ford Fiesta on Mall East in Armagh having trouble parking.
Officers spoke to the two female occupants and noted a strong smell of cannabis.
Upon being told that a search was to be conducted the defendant stated: “There are no drugs here.”
Police found four small bags of herbal cannabis and a grinder.
Simpson was arrested and did not reply when cautioned.
Court heard that the defendant was mother to a four-year-old child.
Defence barrister Seamus Lannon stated: “This sends her a signal – this is not good enough for her and it couldn’t be good for her child.”
Simpson was ordered to pay a fine of £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 20 weeks.