Drug accused granted anonymity

Court news
Court news

A man accused of drug supply charges has been granted anonymity.

The man, who cannot be namesld because of the order, allegedly had ‘dangerous ecstasy tablets’ in his possession which has caused people in England to be hospitalized after taking them.

They are allegedly three times the strength of normal ecstasy tablets.

The 25-year-old faces a total of 15 drugs offences including being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.

He is also charged with possessing class A and class B drugs with intent to supply.

District Judge Barney McElholm granted the anonymity order after the defendants details were read out in court and references to his background were made.

There is no specific threat against the man, however the court heard there is a ‘general threat’.

Judge McElholm said ‘there is a generalised threat from those well known moral guardians, the dissident republican movement and that has to be taken seriously’.

He added: ‘I am not prepared to give these people one iota of assistance’.

The judge did not ask the press to make any submissions before granting the anonymity order.

The man was released on his own bail of £2,000, with a cash surety and ordered to surrender his passport.

He was also ordered not to possess or consume any non-prescribed drugs and not to possess or use a mobile phone.

The defendant will appear in court again at a later date.

For more see tomorrow’s Journal.