Drugs are a blight on society says Judge

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A man who admitted cutting mephedrone on the City Walls in Londonderry, has been told by a Judge that drugs are a blight on lives.

Deputy District Judge Terence Dunlop made the comment when Karl Bradley appeared before Londonderry Magistrates Court.

Bradley (24), of O’Donovan Road, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply as well as possession of a Class B drug, on May 16, 2014. He was ordered to complete a 120-hour Community Service Order.

The court was told CCTV operators alerted police to two men who appeared to be in possession of small bags of white powder. They were on the City Walls at the time and were observed measuring and cutting the powder using one of the canons as a cutting surface.

The court was told after searching Bradley, police found a small clear plastic bag of white powder.

Searches of the immediate area uncovered seven further plastic bags.

Six of these contained drugs with a street value of £100.

They also found text messages sent on Bradley’s phone saying ‘let me know if you need anything shifted this weekend.

Judge Dunlop said Bradley had “the intelligence to realise the stupidity and foolishness of the act”.

He said lives were “blighted by drugs”.

“The possession and sale of drugs is something that the court abhors and must show it’s strong disapproval of,” he said.