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Suspended sentence man found in Belfast taxi with 90 diazepam-type pills

By Alan Erwin

A man found unconscious in a taxi with 90 diazepam-type pills has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard Stephen McCleland was in the passenger seat of a cab stopped by police at Bradbury Place in the city in August 2016.

Searches revealed quantities of the tablets on the 28-year-old.

McCleland, of Knocknagoney Avenue in Belfast, was detained but later went missing. Following his re-arrest he appeared in court and pleaded guilty to possessing Class C drugs.

A prosecution lawyer confirmed the tablets were a derivative of diazepam.

She added: "He (McCleland) said he remembered little of the incident as he was in a bad place due to taking drugs."

Defence solicitor Dennis Boyd stressed his client made full admissions during police interviews.

District Judge Harry McKibbin imposed a four-month jail term, suspended for two years.

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