Thursday 29 June 2017

Three people plead guilty to possession of 'N Bomb' drug following tragic death of teen

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Three people have pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly synthetic drug, nicknamed 'N Bomb', following a Garda investigation into the tragic death of a Cork teen.

Alex Ryan (18) of Liscahane, Millstreet, Co Cork, got sick at a house party at St Patrick’s Terrace, Green Street, Cork, on January 19 last.

He was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) but died four days later on January 23.

Three people have now pleaded guilty to drugs offences before Cork Circuit Criminal in relation to the Garda investigation launched following Mr Ryan's death.

Harry Clifton (29) of St Finbarr's Place, Proby's Quay, Cork pleaded guilty to four charges.

These included having drugs in his possession for sale or supply on January 18 last.

The charges, all brought contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act, involve drugs including N Bomb, DMT, MDMA and cannabis.

Jessica O'Connor (20) of Rosebank House, Ballyhar, Killarney, Co Kerry pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiring with another to possess a controlled drug, namely N Bomb, for sale or supply in Cork city on January 18 last.

Ruairí Maher (22) of Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co Tipperary previously pleaded guilty to conspiring with another to handle drugs, namely N Bomb, for sale or supply.

Last June, a Cork Coroner’s Court inquest into the death of Mr Ryan heard from Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster that he died from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy due to cardiac arrest after ingesting a psychedelic drug.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain remanded on three on continuing bail for sentencing on Wednesday (November 23).

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