Man (25) on drugs charges refused bail

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A man accused of drugs offences has been refused bail at the local magistrates court.

Jason Owen Donaghy, of Forest Park, is charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis on March 18.

He is further charged with simple possession of the class B drug, assaulting police and escaping from lawful custody.

Derry magistrates Court heard allegations the 25-year-old was searched by police on the same day he appeared in court for other offences.

It is alleged he was found with a large bundle of cash and his home was searched. An investigating officer claimed that during this search deal bags and scales were recovered. Donaghy’s mobile phone was seized and a number of messages allegedly connected to drugs were found.

Opposing bail, the officer said police fear the 25-year-old will commit further offences as he claims he has a drug addiction.

Defence counsel Nicola Rowntree said her client has spent six months on remand and the case is still not ready to proceed to the crown court because phone reports are outstanding.

She added that Donaghy will “ultimately be pleading guilty” to the offences and has “no intention of re-offending” if released.

She urged the court to release her client on bail with a condition that he go to the Northlands Centre for assessment for treatment.

Refusing bail, District Judge Barney McElholm said he could think of no conditions that would prevent Donaghy from re-offending or “getting further involved in this type of crime”.

He said that a preliminary inquiry has been listed for October 31 and “must go ahead” on that date. Donaghy was remanded in custody to appear in court again later this month.