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£300 worth of cannabis was thrown into undergrowth from car window

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A COURT heard a person in a vehicle threw £300 worth of cannabis out a window into undergrowth after police stopped a vehicle near Coleraine.

Brandon McManus (21), of Greystone Park in Limavady, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday for sentencing in connection with the case after previously pleading guilty to possessing the Class B drug.

The charge relates to July 4 this year.

Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said despite having 34 previous convictions at the age of 21 a pre-sentence report on the defendant was “exceptionally positive”.

He said the defendant had stopped using “hard” drugs for a period but reverted to smoking cannabis after a substantial period being drug-free.

District Judge Peter King said the “easiest thing” would be to send McManus straight to prison but there would no doubt be a quick return to offending upon release.

In an attempt to try and break the “rotating door” of prison the judge said he was putting the defendant on Probation for a year along with 100 hours of Community Service.

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