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Shooting victim jailed for two years for drug offences

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 07/09/2016

'Messages on his phone were found to be drug related and a phone seized from another person linked in to Boyle's phone, with more messages'
'Messages on his phone were found to be drug related and a phone seized from another person linked in to Boyle's phone, with more messages'

A Derry man seriously injured in a punishment style shooting in April this year has been jailed at Derry Crown Court for drug offences.

Harry Boyle (25) of Springtown Court in Derry admitted seven charges including possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs on dates in January and March 2014.

The court was told that on January 25, 2014, Boyle was seen in the Creggan area by police who wanted to speak to him on an unrelated matter.

When they called to him he was seen to drop clear bags of white powder and then make off. The bags were found and contained a Class B drug.

In March 2014, a car associated with Boyle was stopped. He was in the back seat and was arrested. A small amount of cannabis was seized along with his mobile phone.

Messages on his phone were found to be drug related and a phone seized from another person linked in to Boyle's phone, with more messages.

A prosecution barrister said it was the police view that Boyle was involved in the supply of drugs but was 'low to mid' in the hierarchy and did not have a lavish lifestyle.

Defence barrister Mr Mark Reel said that as a result of his drug activities, Boyle had lost his relationship with his family.

He said that the shooting had resulted in "life changing injuries" for Boyle and he would have "long term problems with pain management."

The judge sentenced Boyle to two years in prison, one of which will be in custody and one on licence.

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