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Man graduates from Young Offenders to Maghaberry with latest drugs offence

A Lurgan man is no longer a young offender as he moves to Maghaberry after being sentenced for latest his drugs offence.

The 21-year-old’s barrister told court: “He is a young man with longstanding psychiatric and mental health problems which are exacerbated by his taking of various drugs.”

Nathan Amor, of Liscorran Court, pleaded guilty to possession of Class B at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday, via videolink from Maghaberry.

Prosecution outlined that on May 2, the defendant was arrested and taken to Dungannon Custody Suite in relation to an incident which occurred on April 30.

During a search of Amor, a small amount of herbal cannabis was found on his person.

When interviewed, the defendant made full admissions, confirming that the substance was cannabis and belonged to him.

District Judge Bernie Kelly commented: “He is now 21, why is he still in Hydebank?”

Defence barrister Conor Lunny explained: “He is serving a sentence which my instructing solicitor believes is due to expire around Christmas, although Mr Amor instructs it is before that, upon the end of it he will be transferred to Maghaberry.”

He stated: “Your worship has dealt with Mr Amor on a number of occasions, he is a young man with longstanding psychiatric and mental health problems which are exacerbated by his taking of various drugs.

“This has been symptomatic of his record for some time, he had been doing well for a period but that seems to have lapsed”.

Judge Kelly said: “Mr Amor, taking into account your record I am certifying this offence as so serious that there is only one sentence I can impose”.

Amor was sentenced to two months in prison for the offence.

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