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Drug dealer applies for legal aid as judge queries where his money has gone

Craigavon Courthouse

A pre-sentence report has been ordered after a Portadown teenager pleaded guilty to drug dealing.

James Robert Owens, 19, of Cannagola Road, pleaded guilty to possession of class B with intent to supply at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Defence barrister David McKeown stated that a pre-sentence report might be required for sentencing in this case.

District Judge Bernie Kelly quizzed the prosecution on what the maximum sentence she could impose – it was revealed as being six months.

Judge Kelly stated: “So PPS says dealing does not warrant more than a six-month sentence, all I can say is I am glad my children are reared”.

This case will return to court on August 29 for a pre-sentence report.

Mr McKeown also filed for legal aid for his client with judge Kelly asking “where had all his money from dealing gone”.

It was heard in court that a total of £215 in cash had been seized from Owens.

Judge Kelly granted the legal aid but only after the defendant agreed to the forfeiture of his car.

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