Belfast Telegraph

Woman admits to supplying heroin

By Michael Donnelly

A 26-year-old west Belfast woman has admitted supplying heroin, having already pleaded guilty to a series of related drug offences.

The Belfast Crown Court case against Fionnuala Braniff from New Barnsley Drive, who appeared with two men, was initially adjourned on Monday to ascertain if the prosecution intended to proceed with the further charge.

Yesterday, Braniff returned to court to plead guilty to being involved in the supply of heroin on February 12 last year.

On Monday she appeared in the dock along with 35-year-old Gerard Ciaran Toner from King Street, Belfast, and 22-year-old Michael Murray from Culmore Gardens, also Belfast.

Braniff initially pleaded guilty to a total of five drugs offences, including supplying the class A drug, while four others were allowed to "remain on the books".

Toner pleaded guilty to a total of six charges, while another for possession, which he denied, was not proceeded with. Murray pleaded to a single charge of supplying heroin on February 12 last year.

No details surrounding the drugs case were given to Judge Gordon Kerr, who warned that while Braniff was released on bail, it was no indication of the sentence she would receive.

However, following Monday's hearing, Detective Inspector Pete Mullan, who led the police operation, said: "The charges that were brought were the result of a proactive policing operation carried out by Belfast city policing district's Tactical Crime Unit against the supply of Class A Drugs in the city.

"Police in Belfast have, and will continue to, invest time and resources into tackling the issue of drug supply and distribution within the city.

"We are fully aware of public concern that exists around drug taking."

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