Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Clean up or go to jail, Derry drug addict is told

Three different types of Class A drugs and a syringe were found on a drug addict when he was stopped by the police earlier this year, a court has heard.

Nigel Martin Stewart (38), from the Simon Community in Londonderry, will be subject to random drugs tests for the next six months after he pleaded to possessing heroin and the opiate Fenanyl in Main Street, Magherafelt, on February 24.

He also pleaded guilty at Derry Crown Court to possessing 62 ecstasy tablets, which he had concealed between his buttocks on the same date.

A defence barrister told Judge Piers Grant that Stewart, who has 19 previous drugs convictions, has been a chronic drugs addict for the last 20 years.

“He is currently receiving daily medical treatment as a result of which he is free of illicit drugs. He accepts he needs both medical treatment and counselling and he is currently on a drugs rehabilitation programme,” the barrister said.

Judge Grant adjourned sentencing for six months for Stewart to complete the programme.

“However, for the next six months you will be randomly tested for drugs and if you do not show progress in relation to the drugs testing you will serve a lengthy prison sentence,” he said.

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