A judge has asked the press not to print the addresses of two men charged with importing mephedrone because he doesn’t think “those paramilitary thugs out there should get any more help than they already have”.
District Judge Barney McElholm made the request during a court appearance of Waterside men David Stuart Robinson and Craig Inglis.
Robinson (27) of Pennethorne Court and Inglis (23) of Kinsale Park are jointly charged with importing the class B drug.
They are also accused of conspiring to possess the drug with intent to supply and possessing Mephedrone with intent to supply.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between July 20 and August 1, last year.
An investigating officer told Derry Magistrates Court he believed he could connect both defendants to the charges.
They were released on their own bail of £400 and banned from contacting each other.
Mr McElholm then asked the press not to report their addresses, despite the fact that defence solicitors for the men did not make any application for reporting restrictions.
The ‘Derry Journal’ has considered the judge’s request but in the absence of any formal reporting restrictions has decided to publish the addresses of the defendants.