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Drug dealer who was shot days after guilty plea is to be sentenced

A self-confessed drug dealer was shot in the living room of his Londonderry home six days after he had pleaded guilty to five drugs offences, the city's Crown Court was told yesterday
A self-confessed drug dealer was shot in the living room of his Londonderry home six days after he had pleaded guilty to five drugs offences, the city's Crown Court was told yesterday

By George Jackson

A self-confessed drug dealer was shot in the living room of his Londonderry home six days after he had pleaded guilty to five drugs offences, the city's Crown Court was told yesterday.

The defendant, Emmet Smith (25), from Mimosa Court in the Waterside, pleaded guilty on September 24 to being concerned in supplying cocaine and cannabis and to possessing the drugs, as well as diazepam.

He admitted committing the offences between September 1, 2016 and February 23 of this year when quantities of the three drugs were found when police officers searched a house on Lower Nassau Street.

His barrister Stephen Chapman told Judge Philip Babington that on September 30, six days after Smith's arraignment on the drugs charges, the father-of-two was shot in his home after "three individuals knocked on the door, pushed him into the living room and shot him".

Mr Chapman said "the shooting was linked to his drugs dealing" and as a result of the incident the defendant had ongoing mobility issues.

A prosecution barrister said the defendant became of interest to the police when text and Facebook messages from him were found on devices of other individuals who had been arrested for drugs offences.

The prosecutor said that as a result of those messages, the police searched the defendant's Lower Nassau Street address on February 23.

Smith was in the house with a woman and two children, and inside the police found one gram of cocaine, five grams of cannabis and four diazepam tablets.

The police also recovered a dealer's list from the property.

The barrister said that when arrested, Smith made full admissions.

"He stated he had been involved in the supply of cannabis since September 2016 and the supply of cocaine since December 2017.

"He stated he didn't keep drugs to sell in the house, he kept them in a nearby field. He said he was about £2,000 in debt and he would seem to be a drug user attempting to finance his habit through dealing in drugs," she said.

Judge Babington said Smith had been assessed as being highly likely to reoffend and his offending in this case took place over a prolonged period of time.

The judge said he would sentence Smith next Monday and remanded him in continuing custody until then.

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