Man 'sold drugs to buy Christmas gifts'

Published Wednesday, 19 December 2012
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A man, who turned to drug dealing to buy Christmas presents for his children, has been handed an 18-month jail term.

Man 'sold drugs to buy Christmas gifts'
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges. (© UTV)

However, on Wednesday, Belfast Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr QC told 25-year-old Lee Houston that he was suspending the sentence for two years because of his clear record and guilty pleas.

The court heard that as police stood at the front door of his Ardoyne Road home on 13 November last year, officers spotted "an arm" reach out and place a container on the window ledge.

A search of the property revealed 120 grams of cannabis resin in the container as well as further small amounts on cannabis in a bedroom cabinet and a notebook of names and numbers.

Arrested and interviewed, Houston initially claimed the notebook was to do with a card game.

But, he eventually confessed that they were in fact dealing and later pleaded guilty to possessing the class B cannabis with intent to supply.

A defence lawyer told the court that Houston had frankly admitted to police that he had bought a "nine bar" of cannabis, hoping to make about £300 profit from selling it off and that he was intending to use the cash for his childrens' Christmas presents.

© UTV News
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Ryan in Belfast wrote (767 days ago):
Now, im definitey not supporting what this guy did but the state of this countrys economy and all of europes is an absolute disgrace and its sheer desparation that some people are turning to crime. But ill tell you something thats also criminal, goverments bailing out the bankers to the tune of hundreds of billions due to the banks sheer greed and arrogance. All this done by using taxpayers money and enslaving the next generation to a lifetime of paying off debt. No bankers been brought to court, you can be certain no banker ever will be before a court of law.
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