A drug-dealing Bangor businessman branded a liar by a judge has had his community service order revoked on medical grounds.
Paul Conlan, the shamed former boss of a snooker hall and removals firm, was fined and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work after being convicted of drug offences including possessing class B drugs with intent to supply last May.
After completing just 56 hours of community service, Conlan was re-sentenced during a hearing at Newtownards Magistrates on Thursday.
A defence solicitor said his client had failed to complete his sentence because he had become homeless and had to repeatedly seek help for mental health problems.
"His business property has been destroyed and he now finds himself homeless," he added.
"This is not a situation where he can tuck his tail and complete the outstanding 44 hours. He's no longer capable of doing it."
Re-sentencing Conlan, District Judge Mark Hamill revoked the community service order on medical grounds and handed him a conditional discharge for 12 months.
"If you find yourself in trouble again in the next 12 months, we will have to start again from scratch," he said.
Conlan was arrested by police following a raid on his then home on Albany Road in Bangor in October 2017.
During the operation cops found 390 diazepam pills, 10 Xanax tablets and an air rifle stashed in a cupboard.
Prosecutors said texts found on his phones were related to drug dealing, but the businessman claimed the phones and messages were linked to his removals and courier firm, To Me To You.
The then 28-year-old, whose most recent address was given as Breezemount Park in Conlig, was convicted at Ards Magistrates Court in March 2019 of possessing drugs with intent to supply.
He admitted possessing class B cannabis and class C alprazolam, as well as possessing a firearm - namely an air rifle - without a certificate.
Conlan denied that he was a drug dealer, claiming he was self-medicating with diazepam and cannabis. But District Judge Mark Hamill branded him a liar and said: "I don't believe a word of what he has told this court today.
"It is not very persuasive or convincing. It is quite clear to me he is lying and I am more than happy to convict him."
He was ordered to reside in the Millisle area for the next 12 months while carrying out 100 hours of unpaid community service for the charge of intent to supply diazepam. He received a similar penalty for possessing Alprazolam. The defendant was fined £200 on charges of possessing cannabis and having an air rifle without a firearms certificate.
All of the punishments have now been revoked and a conditional discharge issued. Conlan is listed as a director of three companies in Ards and north Down, including a snooker hall and To Me To You Removals Ltd, which was dissolved in June 2018.