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Addict 'very upset' as court told he supplied drugs to tragic Emma Doogan

The death of a teenager in Omagh at the weekend is a “chilling example” of the dangers of the illicit use of drugs, a judge has said.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking as he remanded Matthew Darryl Taylor into custody after hearing that the 24-year-old man had supplied drugs to 19-year-old Emma Doogan.

Ms Doogan died in Meelmore Drive on Saturday afternoon.

Taylor, of Meelmore Drive, Omagh, appeared in Enniskillen courthouse on Monday. He had been arrested following Ms Doogan’s death.

Taylor faces a total of 10 charges connected to the possession and supply of Class A, B and C controlled drugs, namely ecstasy, cannabis and diazepam.

Facing a further charge in connection with selling or supplying the prescription-only drug Lyrica, Taylor appeared visibly upset, and failed in his bid to be freed on bail by Fermanagh Magistrates Court.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said that this was clearly a tragic case and a “chilling example” of the dangers of the illicit use of drugs.

The judge said the defendant, who was “sadly known” to the deceased, had provided her with drugs that had led to her “untimely and sudden demise”.

Mr Broderick said Taylor suffered from some form of drug addiction and had other offences on his record as a result of a failure to deal with that issue.

Refusing bail, the judge expressed his fear that, if released, the defendant would be unable to deal with his addiction issue and attempt to re-involve himself in that behaviour.

Mr Broderick remanded him in custody to appear before Omagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a possible compassionate bail application.

Earlier a PSNI detective constable, who claimed she could connect Taylor with the charges, revealed his arrest followed the tragic death of a young woman in Omagh, who was found by her family on Saturday.

She alleged that the woman and Taylor had been involved in an “on/off” relationship for the past year. The court also heard an eyewitness told the police that the deceased had attended a house party last week, late on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday.

This witness alleged that Taylor had arrived at the house “with different bags of drugs” and supplied a number of ecstasy tablets to her. 

As a result of what the witness had said, police spoke to the defendant.

The court heard that Taylor told officers that he had seen the woman on Friday morning and admitted that he had supplied Class C drugs to her, but wouldn’t say where he got them.

Following his arrest police found more drugs on him, ecstasy and cannabis, which he claimed were for his own personal use. During cross-examination, the detective constable confirmed that she was not aware of the results of the post mortem, which was due to take place later yesterday.

Defending solicitor Colin O’Kane said that Taylor wished to convey his sympathies to the family of the deceased at this stage, and that his client, an admitted drug user, was “very upset”.

Applying for bail, Mr O’Kane said that his client had assisted police at each stage of their inquiries, and urged the judge to release him to a suitable address, subject to stringent conditions.

The solicitor told the court that his client accepted that he supplied drugs to the deceased, but added that there was nothing to suggest that Taylor was involved in the wholesale dealing of drugs to the wider community.

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