Cocaine accused misses Belfast court due to blood poisoning
A man accused of having cocaine failed to appear in court because of blood poisoning, a judge was told today.
Dominic Magee's father may have saved his life by getting him to hospital in time, according to his lawyer.
The 41-year-old, of Clonaslea in Newtownabbey, faces charges of possessing Class A drugs and driving when unfit through drink or drugs.
The alleged offences relate to an incident at Tates Avenue in Belfast in July.
Magee, who is further accused of having a defective tyre, was due to appear before the city's Magistrates Court for the first time in connection with the case.
But defence solicitor Norman Shannon confirmed his client was not present.
"He's in hospital with blood poisoning," Mr Shannon disclosed.
The lawyer went on to set out Magee's previous problems, adding: "His father got him to hospital, otherwise he probably would have died."
The court was told Magee is expected to remain under medical care for the next six weeks.
District Judge Mark Hamill agreed to adjourn the case for a month.
He indicated that a medical report may be required for Magee's next scheduled appearance.
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