Derry drug dealer jailed

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A 30-year-old Derry man who was the victim of two punishment attacks has been jailed for two and half years for drugs offences.

Gerald Patrick Lavy, whose address was supplied on court papers as Ballymagowan Avenue, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A, class B and Class C drugs between February and March, 2014.

Lavy appeared before Judge Philip Babington at Derry Crown Court on Friday with his left arm in a sling.

The court heard the matter came to light in “an unusual way”; that Lavy had been burgled and items stolen included his mobile phone.

Police stopped an individual who was found with Lavy’s bank cards and his phone.

Police examined the phone and there was evidence of Lavy being involved in the supply of drugs.

During police interview, Lavy denied supplying drugs, but he admitted taking drugs.

The messages from the phone were put to him and Lavy said he had a group of six to seven friends who he might have swapped drugs with, but he continued to deny supplying drugs for profit.

The phone revealed a list of about 20 different people. Some were “repeat customers” and, on one, occasion there was a complaint about “poor quality”.

The court heard various sanctions had been imposed on Lavy - a drug addict for 12 years - including custody, but it was “quite clear” they “just do not appear to have worked”; that they had “limited effect” on his re-offending.

Judge Babington said Lavy was entitled to credit for his guilty pleas to all eight offences, but he also said the local population was entitled to be protected from Lavy’s “illegal activities”.

Lavy will serve one year and three months in custody, and one year and three months on licence.