Drug accused given last chance by Judge

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

A man accused of being concerned in the supply of diazepam was granted conditional bail when he appeared before the District Judge at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

In the dock was 40-year-old Martin McShane, with an address at Dunfield Terrace in the Waterside.

He is further charged with attempted possession of Diazepam with intent to supply as well as a charge of attempted possession of the Class C drug.

The court was told that the charges related to the alleged seizure of 1,400 Diazepam tablets on May 5.

It is alleged they were posted to the defendant.

Opposing bail, an investigating PSNI officer told the Magistrates Court that the offences were allegedly committed eight days after McShane was convicted of other drug charges.

The officer told the court that the 40-year-old had a history of breaching Court Orders. He told the District Judge that the police did not believe that any bail conditions would prevent McShane from re-offending.

Defence solicitor Don Mahoney said his client had sought help for his drug addiction while he was in prison and was now completely drug free.

He urged the court to allow McShane an opportunity to prove this.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he would give McShane a chance: “But if he throws it back in my face it will be the last chance he gets”.

McShane was released with a number of conditions to reside at an address in Carnhill. He will appear in court again next month.