A YOUNG man has been given community service after he was caught with drugs in an Enniskillen bar.
Daniel Cochrane (18) of College Park Lane Moneynoe Glebe or Chanterhill Enniskillen appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday charged with possession of a class A controlled drug namely, Methylenedioxymethlamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as Ecstasy.
At 12.10am on July 8th 2018, police were called to Pat’s Bar in Enniskillen after a report from a member of staff stating that they suspected a person of having drugs in the bar.
When police arrived, they obtained the drugs in question from the doormen who had confiscated them until the police arrived.
Cochrane stated that the drugs were his and said ‘I am stupid.’
A search of his home was carried out and more drugs were found in a container in his bedroom.
45 tablets were found in total – six on his person, and 39 in the container worth around £225.
The drugs were identified as Ecstasy and Cochrane denied selling them and said they were for his own consumption.
Defence solicitor David Buchanan said Cochrane was aware of how serious the offence is, and is concerned about his future and the impact it could have on travelling and his future career.
Mr Buchanan said this case had been hanging over the young man’s head since it happened, adding he pleaded guilty earliest opportunity.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said this was dangerous offence which could have a bad impact on his life going forward, and it was ‘sheer madness’ for Cochrane to get involved with drugs adding he hoped this would be a one off.
Judge Ranaghan sentenced Cochrane to complete 60 hours community service and fined him £125.
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