A MAN caught with nine 'small deal bags' of cocaine in Antrim town centre told police the drugs were for his own use.
Neil David Foster (47), of Tiger Court, Antrim, admitted charges of possessing cocaine; resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty and causing criminal damage to a police cell van on December 11/12 last year.
The defendant refused to release the drugs from his hand and pulled away from police and "thrashed around".
The drugs weighed three grammes.
Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard the defendant became unwell and on the way to Antrim Hospital he spat in a PSNI cell van.
A defence barrister said the defendant had stayed out of trouble for ten years and is "thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour".
He said the defendant is an alcoholic and is "fortunate to be alive".
Foster was given a three months prison term, suspended for one year.