FORMER Hibs striker Garry O’Connor has been fined £300 after pleading guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to being found in possession of cocaine.
The now unemployed 30-year old from Longniddry in East Lothian, was due to stand trial next month on charges of possession of the Class A drug and to attempting to pervert the course of justice by allegedly giving police officers a wrong address on December 2 last year.
But at a hearing today, defence solicitor, Andy Phillips, told Sheriff Frank Crowe that his client was pleading guilty to the cocaine charge, but not guilty to the second charge.
These pleas were accepted by the prosecution.
Fiscal Depute, Alison Innes, said police officers had been called to Leith Walk “on another matter” about 10pm on the Sunday night when they saw two men walking away.
“One officer saw the accused (O’Connor) with a bag of white powder in his hand,” she said. This later proved to be 0.03 grams of cocaine.
O’Connor – who the court heard has been out of work for nine months – was given until October 23 to pay the fine.