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Derry judge orders stoner teen to draw him in court

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Derry judge orders stoner teen to draw him in court

A 16-year-old teenager who admitted to smoking cannabis before being arrested has been given a second chance by a Derry judge.

The teen failed a drugs test on Wednesday and was subsequently arrested by police.

But instead of punishing the teen by conventional means, Judge Barney McElholm ordered the promising artist to attend court for three days and sketch the judge and the lawyers in the courtroom.

Mr McElholm said: "You must bring with you a sketch pad and a pencil and you can draw me and the solicitors for two hours each day.

"Only me and the solicitors, and I will review the matter on Wednesday."

"If you look stoned you will be arrested."