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Man caught with cannabis for fifth time

A man from Douglas who’s admitted possessing cannabis for the fifth time has been given community service.

Ryan Ali Mahmoud El Meligy admitted the offence, committed on October 7 last year, when he appeared at Douglas Courthouse.

Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes heard the 22 year old of Castle Street in Douglas had been arrested by police, who found 0.8 grammes of the class B drug worth £4.57.

The court heard El Meligy had joined a boxing club to help put his drug-taking behind him.

When he was arrested, he told police he’d forgotten about the lump of resin in his pockets and no longer smoked cannabis.

James Robinson, prosecuting, said the case had been brought over such a small amount because of El Meligy’s previous record.

Mrs Hughes ordered him to do 60 hours of unpaid work and pay £125 prosecution costs - the drugs were forfeited and will be destroyed.

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