Suspended sentence for drugs

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.
The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

A wheelchair user who used cannabis for ‘medicinal purposes’ has had a six month sentence suspended for two years.

Michael Anthony Donegan, of Drumleck Drive, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis and simple possession of the class B drug.

The offences were committed between September and December 2013.

Derry Magistrates Court heard messages from the 36-year-old were found on a phone seized in connection with an unrelated police investigation.

Donegan sent a message saying he had ‘25 bags of really nice green stuff’ and a further message asking ‘that’s nice green stuff what do you think?’

Police searched the 36-year-old’s home and found a small amount of cannabis.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley said his client ‘suffered a catastrophic injury’ and this ‘left him unable to walk’.

He said Donegan would use cannabis for ‘medicinal purposes’.