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Report to police of a swallowed sim card signals trouble ahead for caller

He was found in possession of cannabis resin and taken to hospital after arrest

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A Portadown man who called police after swallowing a sim card was found to be in possession of cannabis, a court has heard.

The 54-year-old was taken to hospital by officers after making the call.

Colin Peter Gorman, of Ulsterville Park, pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on September 28, at around 6.30am, police were contacted by the defendant who said he had swallowed his phone’s sim card.

Officers arrived at Gorman’s home where he spoke to police and handed them a quantity of cannabis resin.

The defendant was conveyed to Craigavon Area Hospital following his arrest.

During a search, a further amount of cannabis resin was found in Gorman’s trouser pocket.

Police later interviewed the defendant on October 7.

Gorman admitted possession of the cannabis resin but said he had not paid for the drugs and they were for personal use.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said: “Mr Gorman cooperated with police. He made full admission and has no relevant convictions.”

It was revealed that the defendant had one prior caution for possession which dated back to 2016.

Mr McAtamney added that Gorman suffered from a number of health problems including arthritis and a spinal injury he suffered when he was working.

The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of £300, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 16 weeks.

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