Northern Ireland

Two Derry men shot by vigilantes admit cocaine charges

Two Londonderry men who were shot in the legs after a previous court appearance have appeared in court to admit cocaine-related charges.

Paul Raymond Breslin, who is 30, from Ferndale Close, pleaded guilty to unlawfully supplying cocaine on December 4 2009.

Emmett Paul McCaul, 29, from Glenbank, admitted having the drug with intent to supply on the same date.

Judge Piers Grant said that a custodial sentence was "almost inevitable".

A third man, 29-year-old John Paul Murray from Temple Park, also in the city, has already admitted having cocaine with intent to supply.

Just days after Breslin and McCaul's first court appearance following their arrest they were shot in the legs at Central Drive in Creggan.

The republican vigilante group, RAAD, said it carried out the shooting.

All three defendants, who are on bail, will be sentenced on April 11.