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Mum's tears as Larne teen fined over cannabis at training centre

A mum wept in court as her teenage son was fined £200 for possessing cannabis which was detected when he was found to be slurring his words at the premises of Oriel Training.

Robert Crawford (18), of Loran Avenue, Larne, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court and admitted having the Class B drug in November last year.

A prosecutor said when the defendant arrived at the centre it was noticed he was slurring his words and he appeared not to want to come out of a room where there was a smell of cannabis.

A bag containing five smaller bags containing cannabis was found and prior to leaving, Crawford asked for the drugs back but the request was refused.

He admitted possessing the drugs when interviewed by police.

Defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said it was a "wake-up call" for his client, who had a previous police caution for drugs.

He said the defendant lives at home with his mother and is now seeing his GP and "has started to get himself onto the proper path" in the last three months.

District Judge Peter King said the presence of the drugs in separate bags gave rise to the suspicion that perhaps the drugs were not for the defendant's own use but said the only charge before the court was one of possession.

Fining Crawford £200, the judge warned him if there is any repeat of drug use while he is training it will be dealt with in a much more significant way.

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