Drug dealer shot in arms and legs in paramilitary-style attack, court hears

A DRUG dealer was shot in the arms and legs in a paramilitary-style attack, a court was told on Monday.

Lewis Lyons (19), originally from the Ballymoney area whose address was given as Ballyclug Mews in Ballymena, was at Coleraine Magistrates Court for sentencing on charges of possessing Xanax with intent to supply; possession of Xanax and possession of cannabis.

The charges relate to April last year.

A prosecutor said police searched an address in the Ballymoney area under warrant and a number of males were present including the defendant.

118 Xanax tablets, a grinder, herbal cannabis, cash and two mobile phones were found and a further 100 Xanax tablets were discovered in a kitchen.

The prosecutor said the defendant made full admissions to police.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said Lyons had been dealt with for a similar case at Antrim Crown Court last week when he received an eleven months sentence, suspended for three years.

In that case, a previous court heard, the defendant pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, Ecstasy, cannabis and Xanax on dates between November 2016 and October 2017.

At Coleraine Court on Monday Mr Rafferty said that last September Lyons was the victim of a “punishment” attack in which he was shot in all limbs and he had also been beaten with metal bars.

The lawyer said Lyons had gone through a “difficult recuperation process” and had stayed out of trouble.

At Coleraine Court the defendant was put on Probation for a year and the judge said if it had not been for the impact of the shooting he would have ordered Lyons to do Community Service.

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