A Portadown man who accidentally admitted to probation that he intended giving his friend cannabis has been handed community service.
Court heard the 23-year-old had told probation that the drugs he had in possession were not for personal use but a birthday present for a friend.
Carlos Da Silva, of Queen Street, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday.
Defence barrister David McKeown said his client’s honesty had been “foolish” as he could have landed himself with a much more serious charge.
Court heard the defendant works at Moy Park but has been on sick leave while he had a cyst removed.
It was also revealed Da Silva was currently under two suspended sentences, but these were for offences of a different nature.
District Judge Bernie Kelly said she was “deeply concerned” at the defendant’s overall attitude towards drugs.
She stated: “The smoking, the possession, the whole thing is illegal.”
Da Silva was sentenced to complete 150 hours of community service.
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