07 Aug 2022

Judge lifts anonymity order as he jails Derry drug supplier

A judge at the Crown Court in Derry yesterday lifted an anonymity order in the case of a self confessed drugs supplier after he jailed him for 18 months. The defendant, who can now be named for the first time, is Frank Martin McShane, 43, from Ballinska Heights in the Springtown Road area of the city. He admitted six charges relating to supplying and possessing Xanax and cannabis on various dates in November 2017. After sentencing, a prosecution barrister told Judge Philip Babington that there was no current threat against McShane. The barrister said McShane had been under threat in 2017 "but the investigating officer says there is currently no threat in respect of him although there is a generic threat." Judge Babington then lifted the anonymity order. My KOB-L09. On O2.

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