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Man (33) caught with needle full of heroin in city centre toilets 'facing jail unless he pays £400 fine'

Belfast Magistrates Court heard that Christopher Corken was found with a needle full of heroin in toilets at Victoria Square in Belfast city centre

A man caught with a needle full of heroin in toilets in Belfast city centre is facing jail unless he pays a £400 fine, a judge has warned.

Christopher Corken was arrested when police found him at Victoria Square earlier this month.

The 33-year-old was detained for a second time at the weekend after being discovered again on the streets with more illicit substances.

Corken, with an address at Victoria Street in the city, faced charges of possessing Class A, B and C drugs .

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court, he made full admissions to the offences.

A prosecution lawyer said police gained entry to the toilets at Victoria Square on January 10 and found Corken with a needle full of heroin.

A small quantity of Xanax was located in his socks.

Corken had been on bail, but was detained again in the city centre on Sunday.

The prosecutor said he dropped a wrap of suspected heroin onto the pavement.

When he was searched police also found some cannabis and a bag containing diazepam tablets, the court was told.

A defence lawyer said Corken had relapsed after being off drugs for a period of time.

"He's hoping to sort his life out," she added.

Imposing an immediate £400 fine, District Judge Mark Hamill warned: "There will be 14 days' imprisonment in default (of payment)."

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