Shot pair plead guilty over drugs
Two men who were shot in the legs just days after appearing in court on drugs charges have pleaded guilty.
Londonderry men Paul Raymond Breslin (30), from Ferndale Close, and Emmett Paul McCaul (29), from Glenbank, were due to stand trial for dealing cocaine.
However, after asking to be rearraigned at the city’s Crown Court yesterday, Breslin pleaded guilty to unlawfully supplying cocaine and McCaul admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply the drug.
A third co-defendant, John Paul Murray (29), from Temple Park, Derry, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing the cocaine and possessing it with intent to supply.
All three have now admitted committing the offences on December 4, 2009.
Days after the three appeared in the Magistrates Court, Breslin and McCaul were shot in both legs in a so-called punishment shooting. Their shootings were claimed by the paramilitary group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD).
All three defendants, who are on bail, will be sentenced for the offences on April 11.