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Jail for young man who got tramadol by presenting uncle’s prescription without permission

His defence said he had 'an unenviable record for a man of just 22 years of age'

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A Craigavon man who passed his uncle’s tramadol prescription has been sentenced to three months in prison.

The 22-year-old’s barrister told court: “He is a young man who has struggled with, in my respectful opinion, any type of substance in the time I have represented him.”

Jason Hughes, of Hillcrest Mews, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

It was heard that on January 28, the defendant claimed he had the permission of his uncle to collect a prescription which he did not.

Defence barrister Conor Lunny stated: “This involved tramadol, a heavy enough painkiller. They were not fit for resale but fit for his uncle to take them.

“This case had been adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, however, following his release from custody Mr Hughes is now on remand for assault.”

He continued: “Mr Hughes has an unenviable record for a man of just 22 years of age.

“He is a young man who has struggled with, in my respectful opinion, any type of substance in the time I have represented him.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “Mr Hughes, this is a serious matter and your record for offences of dishonesty does not help.”

The defendant was sentenced to three months in prison for the offence.

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