Man linked to drug deaths in Enniskillen denied bail
A Co Fermanagh man who is suspected of supplying the illegal drugs that led to two deaths - the latest over the weekend - was denied bail at a magistrates' court yesterday.
James Francis Lunney, from Enniskillen, faces a total of five charges - including possession of the Class A drug Fentanyl and Class B drug cannabis, having them with intent to supply, and obstructing a search for drugs, all on Saturday.
A police officer told District Judge Michael Ranaghan at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court they had reason to believe 53-year-old Lunney supplied drugs to a man who died in the Coleshill area of the town over the weekend.
He said he was found with a Fentanyl patch on his arm and that tests for death by suspected drug poisoning were to be carried out at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
The officer also told the court that police suspected Lunney of supplying the drugs in another drug-related death in the Ennniskillen area, but did not elaborate or give further details in that case.
The court heard that during a search of his Galliagh Park home in Enniskillen last Saturday, police not only uncovered a number of Fentanyl patches, but also up to 50 pills, believed to be Diazepam, along with a suspected quantity of heroin, yet to be confirmed through testing.
When interviewed both about the alleged drugs found in his home, and his relationship with the deceased male, Lunney made no comment in relation to all the questions asked.
Defending barrister Ciaran Roddy argued that this was the first time the defendant had appeared before the court on drug-related charges. He said that this was a case "of simple possession" and one where it would be difficult to prove intent and that Lunney had supplied drugs to others.
However, Mr Ranaghan said that these are "potentially the most serious types of offences" and that the defendant was at "risk of reoffending".
Denying bail, the district judge adjourned the case for four weeks.