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Amputee found with bags of cocaine in car jailed for three years

By George Jackson

A man whose right leg was amputated below the knee after he was shot in a so-called punishment shooting four years ago, has been jailed for three years for drugs offences.

Thomas Peter Kelly (27) from the Buncrana Road area of Londonderry, pleaded guilty at the city's Crown Court to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, offering to supply the cocaine and being concerned in supplying mephedrone. He committed the offences between February and April of last year.

A prosecution barrister told Judge Philip Babington that on April 22 of last year Kelly was a front seat passenger in a car parked in Clarendon Street,

A police check showed that the car was uninsured. The car sped off but was later found in a car park at the Brandywell football stadium.

Kelly was searched and police found three bags of cocaine wrapped in £20 notes on him.

£115 was also found inside the car, together with a list of names.

Police later found nine bags of white powder concealed between his buttocks, which made 6.4 grams of cocaine. Kelly told the police he was supplying the drugs to fund his own drug addiction.

Judge Babington said Kelly had 37 previous criminal convictions, four of them for drugs offences, and at the time of his arrest was in breach of nine suspended jail sentences totalling 14 months.

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