'Chauffeur' with Crumlin address who is accused of possessing handgun and drugs has night time bail curfew eased to allow him to do 'airport runs'

'Chauffeur' with Crumlin address who is accused of possessing handgun and drugs has night time bail curfew eased to allow him to do 'airport runs'

A 'CHAUFFEUR' accused of possessing a handgun and drugs has had his night time bail curfew eased to allow him to do "airport runs".

James Colin Nelson (49), with an address listed as Randox Road in Crumlin, is charged with possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply; possession of cocaine and cannabis and possessing a 'handgun' with intent to endanger life.

The charges relate to December 15 last year.

He was seeking to have an electronic monitoring tag removed and a 10pm - 8am curfew removed.

A defence barrister said the defendant works as a "chauffeur" and as a "private driver" he would do "airport runs" which often involved late nights and early mornings.

A National Crime Agency representative objected to the bail change.

She said they were serious charges and told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture), the defendant had "fully admitted to supplying Class A and Class B drugs, during interview, which were uncovered at his home".

The officer alleged that on December 15 the defendant "used that same business vehicle for the facilitation of criminal activities".

She added: "Significantly, a loaded firearm was also located on his home premises during a search so there is a risk to the public there".

She said the firearm and drugs have been submitted for analysis.

The officer said they would not object to a "limited variation" of the curfew.

District Judge Nigel Broderick refused to remove the monitoring tag but agreed to vary the curfew to run from midnight to 5am.

The case has been adjourned to March 1.

The court heard there is a co-accused.