Northern Ireland

Shot Derry man admits drug-dealing past

A Londonderry man who was shot and wounded in Strabane on Saturday night has admitted he used to deal in drugs.

Brendan McCafferty, 25, was in bed when two masked men forced their way into his Glebe Gardens home at about midnight on Saturday.

He left Derry two years ago after receiving death threats from the group Republican Action Against Drugs.

Mr McCafferty said that while he had dealt cocaine in the past, he was now clean and wanted to move on.

"I saw two masked men standing there. One started firing a gun at me and the other had a pick-axe handle," he said.

"I put my arms up and the bullet him me in the arm.

"I got shot in the left leg, shot in the right leg, shot in the elbow and got my two arms broken.

"I thought I was going to be shot dead. It felt like 10 minutes, but it only lasted a minute."

Mr McCafferty said he used to deal in small amounts of cocaine to support his own habit, but that he had been free from drugs since returning from living in Birmingham last year.

"They just wanted to get me for the last time. These people don't give up until they get you," he said.

"I just want it all to end, to leave me alone, to let me live my life.

"I don't want to keep looking over my shoulder."

Mr McCafferty's girlfriend was struck on the side of the head during the attack.

"I know I shouldn't have done bad things, I dealt in drugs," he said.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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