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27/09/2021

Defence barrister makes application to stop media naming local man who was jailed for two years over drugs offences at Derry court

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A judge at the Crown Court in Derry has granted a forty-eight hour stay on the media reporting details of a thirty-six years old local man who was jailed for two years and three months for possessing and possessing with intent to supply Class A, B and C drugs. Judge Elizabeth McCaffrey had earlier granted a media application to lift an anonymity order, thereby enabling the media to report in full details of the case which she said were in the public interest. However after she had made her ruling allowing the media to name the defendant, a defence barrister applied for a forty-eight hour stay in the media reporting details of the case. The barrister, David Heraghty, said he wanted to consider bringing an injunction to the High Court in Belfast to appeal against Judge McCaffrey's original decision to lift the anonymity order. Judge McCaffrey said she would adjourn the matter until 10am on Thursday pending the outcome of the High Court appeal. She jailed the defendant for two years and three months and also made a destruction order for the destruction of quantities of the Class A, B and C drugs which the defendant had admitted possessing or possessing with intent to supply. She also made a destruction order for digital weighing scales found in a house used by the defendant.

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