Killarney woman faces sentencing tomorrow in fatal drugs case

A young Killarney woman faces sentencing tomorrow in relation to drugs offences following a garda investigation into the death of a Millstreet man after taking a hallucinogenic drug earlier this year.

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The Irish Examiner reported that 20 year old Jessica O’Connor of Rosebank, Ballyhar, Killarney pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Court to having N-bomb for the purpose of sale or supply.
18 year old Alex Ryan died after sniffing the synthetic drug at a party in Greenmount, Cork on January 23rd.
Investigations brought drugs squad officers to the door of 29-year-old Harry Clifton, at 11 St Finbarr’s Place, Proby’s Quay, Cork, as their information was that the drug had been sourced from Mr. Clifton.
Mr. Clifton supplied 12 ‘trips’ of the drug to 22-year-old Ruairí Maher, of 12 Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co Tipperary. They were sold to him for a total of €80.
Mr. Maher had been contacted via dating website Tinder that night by Jessica O’Connor.
Ruairí Maher told her he could get her 12 trips for €120, making a €40 profit by the transaction.
Defense for Jessica O’Connor, Siobhán Lankford, suggested that Ms. O’Connor had the least involvement and had no previous convictions of any kind.
She said her parents had taken a very serious view of the case and had brought her home to Kerry, ending her architecture degree in Cork in her third year.
She took up a job in a supermarket and has since embarked on another course in Tralee Institute of Technology. She described the young woman as naive.
Judge Gerard O’Brien will sentence the three defendants tomorrow.