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16/09/2021

Couple from the Waterside area of Derry plead guilty to charges of growing cannabis

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A couple, both of them from the Waterside area of the city pleaded guilty at the Crown Court in Derry today to charges linked to the cultivation and production of cannabis. Thirty six years old Mary Doherty from Pelham Road, at her arraignment before Judge Philip Babington, pleaded guilty to allowing the production and cultivation of cannabis in her home and to dishonestly using electricity. She committed the offences on February 5, 2016. However she pleaded not guilty to charges of being concerned in supplying cannabis and of making an offer to another to supply cannabis. Those offences are alleged to have occurred in June and July 2015. Meanwhile her co-defendant in the case Stephen Casson, 33, from Canterbury Park pleaded guilty to cultivating and producing cannabis in Doherty's Pelham Road home, also on February 5, 2016 and guilty to possessing cannabis on the same date. However he denied charges of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and with being concerned in offering to supply cannabis to another person. He replied not guilty to committing those offences in February and June 2015. The cases against both defendants were adjourned until Friday and they were released on continuing bail until then.

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