Northern Ireland

Belfast man jailed in Thailand for drug dealing

Pattaya, Thailand
Image caption The Belfast man was arrested in the resort of Pattaya in Thailand

A Belfast man has been convicted of selling drugs in Thailand.

Tommy McAuley, 49, who is originally from the Shankill Road, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

He was arrested in the resort of Pattaya - 100 miles from Bangkok - in April last year.

Thai Police claimed McAuley sold drugs to teenagers in the resort city. He is appealing his conviction.

The police claimed they had used an informant to buy a quantity of crystal ice from McAuley

They alleged they found McAuley with 109 grammes of crystal ice in his possession, in two packets, seven tabs of methamphetamine, as well as 11.4 grammes of cannabis, and 12 grammes of opium.

Police claimed he also had a set of scales, and 60 bags for packing the drugs in.

He also had on him 52,000 Thai baht (£1107) as well as the money provided by the informant.

McAuley will be transferred to Bangwang Prison, Bangkok, to serve his sentence.

It is understood an appeal in Thailand can take anything up to five years.

McAuley's family have previously claimed his innocence with regard to the charges.