Judge removes anonymity order for drug accused


A judge has lifted an anonymity order for a man accused of drugs offences.

Iain Peter Canning, of Inch View, was initially charged with possessing drugs with intent to supply. However, these charges were withdrawn by the Public Prosecution Service and the 26-year-old pleaded guilty to simple possession of ecstasy and amphetamine.

He also admitted assaulting and obstructing police.

The details of the drug seizure and assaults were not opened to Derry Magistrates Court.

Defence counsel Eoghan Devlin said his client has plans that will remove him ‘from influences that caused him to offend in the past’.

District Judge Barney McElholm suspended a five month sentence for three years and ordered the destruction of the drugs.

He said he would remove the anonymity order because the 26-year-old admitted simple possession charges.

This allows Canning’s name and address to be published for the first time.