Judge Said Butcher Caught With ‘Recreational Drugs’ Should Stay Clear Of Cannabis As In His Trade You Need To Be In ‘Control Of Your Faculties’

Coleraine Courthouse

A judge said a butcher who was caught with ‘recreational drugs’ should “knock it on the head” because in such a trade you need “control of your faculties”.
District Judge Barney McElholm was speaking at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday where Calvin McLaughlin (21), of Girona Drive, Portrush, admitted possessing cannabis.

The offences were detected on March 29 this year.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said his client’s parents were not happy that he he had appeared for a second time “for this sort of behaviour”.
Mr Ballentine added: “He has decided to knock this recreational use on the head”.

The solicitor said the defendant worked as a butcher and drugs had not impacted on his work where he was “deemed to be one of the best employees”. When police opened the door McLaughlin’s car, the defendant had “panicked” because he was concerned “what his parents would say,” added Mr Ballentine.

Judge McElholm said that because the defendant worked as a butcher “he would need to knock it on the head or might knock something else”.

The defendant was fined £150.

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