Fitness instructor had drugs

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When police spoke to a 24-year-old man on June 6 this year he handed them a wallet containing £10 worth of cannabis.

Paul Malcolmson, Ballygowan Park, Banbridge, was fined £250 last Thursday at the local court for unlawful possession of a class B drug, herbal cannabis. He was also ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard that at 3.20pm police attention was drawn to the defendant.

Malcolmson accepted the was cannabis and was for his own personal use.

A solicitor representing the defendant said he was a qualified fitness instructor.

She added that he would say he was not a habitual drug user. District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said that possession and consumption of drugs did not sit comfortably with the defendant’s position of a fitness instructor.