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DUP councillor's son convicted for drug possession

By Eamonn MacDermott

The son of a DUP councillor who was found with cannabis and used foul language towards police officers has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Aaron James Samuel Fielding, of Cromlech Park, Portstewart, pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and possessing cannabis at the annual Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry on August 12.

Fielding (22), son of Mark Fielding, a councillor for the Causeway Coast and Glens District Council, appeared before Derry Magistrates Court yesterday.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey told the court his client has a record connected to offences committed when he was supporting Coleraine United. He revealed the defendant has been banned from going to any of their matches for a period of four years. The solicitor said his client now works six days a week and avoids consuming alcohol.

Suspending a four month sentence for two years, District Judge Barney McElholm also fined Fielding £700, and warned the 22-year-old he will go to prison if he appears in court again.

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