A man who was ordered to stay out of Buncrana by a Judge has been remanded in custody  after being caught at a house in the town.heroin

Brian McLaughlin is banned from the Inishowen town as he faces a number of charges relating to an incident there.

However, Gardai told Letterkenny District Court this morning they arrested McLaughlin after an incident in which criminal damage was caused.

McLaughlin’s solicitor Ms Donna Ponsonby told the court the only reason her client was there was because his brother had been injected with heroin at a house party.

Garda Michael Hooks told the court that this was the case as an ambulance had been summoned to a house at The Hawthorns estate in Buncrana as there had been an incident involving heroin.

Judge Paul Kelly told the court that it was the emergency services’ role to answer such calls.

McLaughlin’s mother asked if she could address the court.

She told Judge Kelly that the only reason her son was in Buncrana was because her other son had been injected with heroin.

She asked the Judge not to remand her son in custody.

“I’m begging you. My son was injected with heroin and could have died. That was the only reason he was there,” said Mrs McLaughlin.

Garda Hooks said McLaughlin had been very co-operative when arrested but Judge Kelly then asked him if he wanted him remanded in custody and he said he did.

Judge Kelly remanded McLaughlin, with an address of 2 Canal Road, Letterkenny, in custody to appear at a future sitting of Harristown District Court.




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