Granted anonymity


A judge has granted anonymity to a man accused of drugs offences.

The 24-year-old, who cannot be named because of the order, faces a total of nine drugs offences allegedly committed between February 1 and February 21, 2013.

They include being concerned in an offer to supply cannabis, simple possession of the class B drug and possessing class C drugs.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott told the court there is ‘no specific threat’ against his client.

However, he said anyone who ‘lives on the west bank of the city would be vulnerable to the attention of paramilitaries for these types of offences’.

District Judge Barney McElholm granted the anonymity order because of the ‘generalised threat’ against people charged with drugs offences.

The 24-year-old declined to say anything in answer to the charges or to call any evidence on his own behalf.

Mr MacDermott accepted there is a case for the 24-year-old to answer.

He was released on his own bail of £500 to appear in court again later this month.