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Belfast man who 'kept pepper spray had been under paramilitary threat'

A Belfast man who kept pepper spray at his home had been under paramilitary threat, a court heard today.

Police found two suspected canisters and a small quantity of cannabis during a search of Conor Claxton's home in August 2011.

The 40-year-old, of Windsor Avenue in the city, subsequently admitted charges of possessing Class B drugs and having a prohibited weapon.

Belfast Magistrates' Court was told today that tactical support officers had carried out the search as part of a wider investigation.

Claxton said he had the drugs for his personal use.

During a sentencing hearing today his solicitor, Sean McCann, stressed that the incident had been "some time ago".

Mr McCann also informed the court his client had been under threat from paramilitaries.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall imposed fines of £450 in total for the offences.

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