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Warning to Ulster University student in drugs case

By John Cassidy

Published 14/04/2015

An Ulster University student has walked free from court with a two-year suspended sentence after admitting drug dealing.

Sean O'Brien (21), of St Patrick's Terrace, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, had pleaded guilty last year to dealing ecstasy and cannabis.

Co-accused Dylan Quaile (20), of Main Street, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh, had pleaded guilty to attempted possession of ecstasy and received a six-month suspended sentence.

O'Brien's sentencing had been deferred for six months by Judge Stephen Fowler QC to give the defendants an opportunity to stay out of trouble and quit drugs.

Simon Reid, prosecuting, told Omagh Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, how police in Enniskillen had stopped and searched the accused after they fled upon seeing their patrol car. Drugs were found on O'Brien and in his home, while Quaile admitted trying to buy drugs from him.

Judge Fowler said the two men had complied with court orders by keeping out of trouble and staying drug-free since then.

He said that if the defendants stayed out of trouble for the next three years "you will hear no more about this''. But he added: "Be warned - stay out of trouble.''

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