Man cleared over heroin possession at Belfast hostel
A heroin user questioned by police about a man's death in Belfast has been cleared of possessing the drug.
Alexander Daley (33) was acquitted after prosecutors failed to prove he had the illegal substance at a homeless hostel in the city.
He had been charged after the suspected drugs-related death of a 27-year-old resident at the Salvation Army's Centenary House.
Daley, whose address was also given as Centenary House, was not accused of any offences linked to the death. Instead, he faced a count of possessing heroin on December 2, 2016, based on what he said in PSNI questioning. However, he contested the charge.
Defence counsel Sean O'Hare acknowledged officers seized pieces of foil, needles and used spoons from his client's room. But "crucially", no drugs were found, Belfast Magistrates Court heard.
Acquitting Daley, the judge said she "couldn't be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" Daley possessed heroin at the time.