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Ex-soldier's drug habit due to PTSD, court is told

A former soldier started abusing drugs after he returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a court was told
A former soldier started abusing drugs after he returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a court was told

By George Jackson

A former soldier started abusing drugs after he returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, a court was told.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was in a car stopped at a vehicle checkpoint in the Waterside area of Londonderry on June 3.

Police found deal bags containing cocaine and cannabis inside the vehicle, as well as two mobile phones and £800 cash.

The defendant admitted to police that he sold drugs to a small group of friends in order to fund his own addiction. The ex-soldier later pleaded guilty to possessing quantities of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

Defence lawyer Paddy McDermott told Derry Magistrates Court yesterday his client was fortunate not to be before the Crown Court over the matter.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop imposed an enhanced combination order for two years and ordered the defendant to complete 100 hours of community service.

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