Man supplied drugs to group of friends

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

A man who supplied cannabis to friends has been ordered to complete 200 hours community service.

David Blakely, of Barrack Street, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply, simple possession of the class B drug and being concerned in an offer to supply cannabis on July 24, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the 36-year-old’s home was searched by police and they found four small bags of cannabis and £100 in cash in a bedroom.

On searching the ground floor of the house, officers discovered a note with a ‘suspected deal list’, a sim card hidden inside a teapot, deal bags and a set of digital scales.

A total of 25 grams of cannabis was seized with a value of between £250 and £500.

During police interview, Blakely said he had smoked cannabis for the last 20 years and admitted that he had supplied drugs to a small circle of friends for a long time.

The court was told this was the ‘wake up call’ the 36-year-old needed and has now stopped smoking cannabis and has received counselling from HURT.

Imposing the community service order, Judge Phillip Babington said the ‘supply of drugs is in my view a serious matter and is ordinarily met with a sentence of immediate imprisonment’.

However, he said the appropriate way of dealing with this case was to impose a community service order to allow Blakely to ‘give back to the community’.

The judge also ordered the destruction of the drug and for the £100 in cash seized to be donated to Foyle Search and Rescue.