Judge says if man can afford £150 for drugs defendant can afford £200 fine

Judge says if man can afford £150 for drugs defendant can afford £200 fine

A JUDGE fined a man £200 saying if the defendant could pay £150 for drugs he could afford it.

Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall was speaking to Michael Andrade (26), of no fixed abode in Ballymena, who admitted possessing cannabis and Diazepam in relation to June 23 this year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court staff at the Lighthouse hostel in the town found drugs during a room search.

The defendant then handed 280 tablets and herbal cannabis to police.

The defendant told police the cannabis was worth £50 and the tablets £100.

A defence lawyer said although there were quite an amount of tablets, the defendant, who had a previous record, was a heavy user.