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Inmate in guilty plea over 2016 drugs bust

By Nevin Farrell

A man currently serving seven years in connection with the brutal murder of a Chinese takeaway owner has been given three months in jail for possessing cannabis.

Gary William Thompson (34), of Felden Avenue, Newtownabbey, previously pleaded guilty to the drugs charge and a charge of attempting to dishonestly use electricity at an address in Ballyclare.

He appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday via video-link from Maghaberry Prison.

Both offences were detected in 2016. A prosecutor said police attended an address in connection with another matter and £140 worth of cannabis was found in the kitchen.

Thompson admitted the drugs were his and also admitted the electricity offence.

The new sentence will run alongside Thompson's current seven-year term.

Previously, Thompson and his wife Lisa admitted assisting offenders by allowing them to take refuge in their home in Antrim town after the murder of Nelson Cheung, as well as letting them clean themselves and remove clothing.

Both also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Ballymena man Mr Cheung (64) ran the Double Value Chinese takeaway in Randalstown.

He was stabbed 18 times during a robbery in January 2015.

His wife Winnie was also wounded and robbed in the attack as they drove home after closing their restaurant for the night.

Two other men are already serving time for their roles in the murder and robbery.

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