Northern Ireland

Andre Shoukri avoids jail for drugs and fireworks offences

Andre Shoukri
Andre Shoukri Andre Shoukri

Former leading loyalist Andre Shoukri has avoided jail for drugs and fireworks offences.

The 46-year-old received a suspended sentence at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Shoukri, from Westland Drive in the city, was also fined £150.

In October this year he pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing a Class C drug - namely diazepam, tramadol and maxitram.

He admitted a further count of having a “Hulk Smash” fountain firework at his home without a licence.

All four charges related to an incident on October 7 2022.

At Thursday's hearing, Shoukri was sentenced to one month in custody, suspended for a year, the Courts Service confirmed.

The fine was imposed for the breach of fireworks regulations.

An order was also made for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and fireworks.