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Warning for woman over drugs possession

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 08/12/2015

A Belfast woman has been warned to stay out of trouble or risk being sent to jail after appearing in court on a drugs charge
A Belfast woman has been warned to stay out of trouble or risk being sent to jail after appearing in court on a drugs charge

A Belfast woman has been warned to stay out of trouble or risk being sent to jail after appearing in court on a drugs charge.

Deborah Joanne Wilkinson, from York Street, was handed a six-month prison sentence which was suspended for two years after she admitted a single charge of possessing herbal cannabis.

The charge relates to a police search of a property in the city's Gortfin Street on January 24, 2013, during which 25 cannabis plants and a heat lamp were found. Wilkinson (34) was one of three people present, and she denied having anything to do with growing the plants, but admitted smoking the drug using a bong, which was found in the living room of the house.

She appeared in Belfast Crown Court in July, and after the Crown case against her was opened to Judge Gordon Kerr QC, he deferred sentencing Wilkinson for six months to determine whether or not she would "accept assistance ... in relation to this offending".

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