Anonymity refused in alleged drugs case

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A judge has refused to grant an anonymity order for a man accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Shaun Patrick O’Connell, of Ferguson Street, is further charged with possessing cannabis and being concerned in the supply of the class B drug on May 8.

An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court he believed he could connect the 38-year-old to the charges.

Making the application for anonymity, defence solicitor Walter Hegarty said it was the policy of the resident District Judge to grant anonymity orders for these type of offences.

He was asked by Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare whether he was able to provide evidence of a specific threat against his client.

However, Mr Hegarty said there was no such evidence, apart from the “unfortunate activities of some members of society in this town”.

Deputy District Judge O’Hare refused the application because of the absence of any direct evidence” of a threat against O’Connell.

The 38-year-old was released on continuing bail and will appear in court again on September 12.