Drug dealer jailed for a year

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who admitted dealing drugs has been jailed for a year.

Daniel Gerald Doherty, of Liscannor Park, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis with intent to supply.

The 43-year-old admitted further charges of simple possession of the class A and B drugs on July 14, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard Doherty was searched by police after they saw a number of people approach him on the Strand Road.

Officers found 5 small bags of cocaine, a bag of cannabis and 70 ecstasy tablets.

Police also discovered £1,000 in cash.

During police interview, he claimed he had found the drugs and planned to keep some for his own use and hand the rest over to his drug counsellor.

It was revealed Doherty was ordered to spend two years on probation in January 2013 for possessing a class B drug with intent to supply.

The court heard the 43-year-old began taking drugs as a teenager and his intake increased after he lost his job.

Passing sentence, Judge Phillip Babington said it was ‘quite obvious’ Doherty was drug dealing when he was arrested.

He said he was ‘left with no alternative’ but to impose a custodial sentence and ‘that will happen to all who deal drugs openly’.

The judge said ‘drugs are a scourge in this town and many who are being introduced to them have a life of misery in front of them’.

He jailed Doherty for a year and ordered him to spend a further year on licence.

The judge also ordered the destruction of the drugs and for the cash to be donated to Hurt and North West Counselling.