Man sentenced in Derry court on drugs charges

Derry Magistrates Court
The day police found cannabis in a Derry man's residence was 'the worst day of his life and also the best day of his life' the local Magistrate's Court heard on Friday.

Gavin Collins (29) of 39, Leenan Gardens in Derry admitted possessing cannabis and possessing the drug with intent to supply on November 30 2011.

The court was told that police searched a premises under the Misuse of Drugs Act and found a large piece of cannabis,.

The cannabis weighed 310 grammes and if cut would have lasted up to six months.

Collins told police that the drugs were for personal use and and admitted that sometimes he would let his friends smoke cannabis in his company.

Defence solicitor told the court that his client had been smoking cannabis since the age of 10 or 11.

He said the arrest had forced Collins to confront his habit and he was now cannabis free.

Collins was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 2 years and fined £300.