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Man with history of drugs offences to be sentenced for in New Year for having cocaine

A suspended sentence imposed in June 2018 had expired by just a few months

Craigavon-Courthouse

A Portadown man with a history of drugs offences including a previous suspended sentence will have to wait until the New Year before he will know his fate.

Court heard that a suspended sentence the 35-year-old was handed in June 2018 had expired by just a few months by the time of this offence.

Charles Joseph McShane, of Churchill Park, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class A drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The particulars of the case are that on November 1 the defendant was found in possession of cocaine.

Defence solicitor Kevin McCamley stated: “If your worship sees his record you may wish to have a presentence report prepared.”

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer commented: “In June ’18 he was handed a suspended sentence. This had expired by November 2019 but he does have a history of these types of offences.”

The case was adjourned until January 17 for sentencing.

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