County Antrim man said he was using cannabis as 'pain killer'

County Antrim man said he was using cannabis as 'pain killer'

A DEFENCE barrister said a man with a Portglenone address was using cannabis as a "pain killer" to try and reduce his reliance on codeine after being injured when a vehicle collapsed onto him whilst working as a mechanic a number of years ago.

The comments were made at Ballymena Magistrates Court where Michael Patton (40), of Garvaghy Crescent, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.

The offence was detected when police smelt cannabis coming from a car which was stopped at a vehicle checkpoint in the Kilrea area on February 24 this year.

The defence lawyer said a pre-sentence report showed there was no need for Probation supervision and the defendants's disability meant Community Service would be inappropriate which left either a fine or suspended sentence.

He asked for a short disqualified sentence rather than a fine as the defendant had limited income on benefits.

The defendant was given a four months prison term, suspended for three years.