Man jailed at Crown Court for drugs offences


A man who lost part of his leg as a result of a paramilitary style shooting in January 2011, has been jailed at Derry Crown Court for drug offences.

Thomas Peter Kelly (27) of 13, Knockena in Derry appeared in a wheelchair and admitted three counts of possessing cocaine with intent to supply, offering to supply cocaine and being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs on April 22 last.

The court heard that on that date police noticed a car parked in Clarendon Street in the city and the defendant was the passenger.

It was discovered there was no insurance for the vehicle and police turned to talk to the driver but the car sped off.

Police chased the vehicle but had to stop after a short time.

The car was then detected parked in the Brandywell car park and two men one of them the defendant were seen walking away.

Kelly was seen dropping a mobile phone and the car was searched and a list and a sum of cash were found.

Two bags of drugs were found and after being arrested Kelly was searched and a bag was found between his buttocks.

The total amount of cocaine found was 6.41 grammes.

At interview Kelly denied supplying drugs but later admitted supplying them to feed his own habit.

The court heard Kelly had 37 previous convictions- four of them for drug related offences.

Judge Philip Babington said that Kelly had a total of nine suspended sentences hanging over his head the last one being imposed just 18 days before this offence was committed.

He said Kelly had started offending when he was aged 18 and on the day in question admitted being ‘flat out’ on drugs.

The judge said that prison would be ‘harder’ on Kelly than on other prisoners as a result of his lower leg being amputated which he said was a consequence of the January 2011 shooting.

Judge Babington said that drug dealing ‘just spread the misery’ of drugs to more and more people.

He sentenced Kelly to a total of three years in prison with one half of that to be spent in custody.