A man who hid cocaine inside a condom has been warned if he fails to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and undergo alcohol/drug treatment as part of 18 months of Probation he could be jailed for four months.
Conor Clarence (29), with an address at Ballyclose Street in Limavady, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine after he was spotted acting suspiciously at Guildhall Square in Derry/Londonderry around 8.30pm on November 18 in 2016.
On Monday, Coleraine Magistrates Court heard police found small bags of cannabis in a condom in Clarence’s sock with an estimated street value of up to £360.
Defence barrister Thomas McKeever said his client had a “long-standing history” of drug use and the cocaine was for the defendant’s own use.
Clarence appeared before the court via video link from prison, where he has been on remand in relation to another matter. The defence barrister said his client has been drug free inside for six months.
District Judge Liam McNally said the defendant had a “bad record in relation to possession of drugs” and said Clarence was fortunate he was not being prosecuted for possessing drugs with intent to supply.
The judge ordered the defendant to do Probation for 18 months and 100 hours of Community Service and he must participate in drug/alcohol programmes or else he could face four months behind bars.
Meanwhile, the defendant was remanded in continuing custody in relation to being accused of having a knife and attempting to rob the DV8 shop and a service station in Limavady in June this year. He is expected to make a bail application at Limavady Magistrates Court on December 19.
In June, during a failed bail application by Clarence, a court was told police received two reports of attempted robberies involving a knife in Limavady, the first being at ‘DV8’ around 2.30pm when a man wearing a mask and armed with a knife approached a staff member and said in a low voice: “Give me the money or I will stab you”.
The man was told there was no money in the till and replied: “I’m desperate, just give me the money,” before he fled empty-handed.
Five minutes later, around 350 metres away, a male with his face covered and carrying a knife entered Craigs Service Station and “mumbled” something.
A staff member, it was claimed in court, allegedly immediately recognised Clarence because of his tattoos and his “swagger” as he was a regular in the shop.
The staff member said: “I know who you are, you live in the flat across the street” and the raider said he was “sorry” and left.
A defence barrister told the June court there was a new manager on her first day in the job in DV8 and after being threatened she turned to her colleagues laughing “thinking it was a prank being played on her”.
The lawyer added that the raider had been “sent packing” from the service station.