Three people have been served with books of evidence arising out of the investigation into the death of a young man who allegedly ingested a drug known as N-bomb in Cork City in January.

One of the three people charged was charged with eight counts contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act and one count of endangerment contrary to the Non-fatal Offences Against the Persons Act.

Two others, both students, were each served with a book of evidence on a charge of conspiring with others to supply the drug.

Judge Marie Keane acceded to applications by Insp John Deasy to send each case forward from Cork District Court to the forthcoming sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing on October 24.

Harry Clifton, aged 29, of 11 St Finbarr’s Place, Proby’s Quay, Cork, is charged with a total of nine counts.

The charge under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act states that on January 18, at 11 St Finbarr’s Place, he intentionally or recklessly engaged in conduct, that he allegedly sold N-bomb to another person purporting the drug to be less potent than 2CB, which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to another person.

The drugs charges relate to January 19, where he is accused of having four different drugs for his own use and having each of them for the purpose of sale or supply. The drugs referred to in those eight charges are cannabis, MDMA, DMT, and the drug colloquially known as N-bomb, .

Ruairí Maher, aged 22, of 12 Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co Tipperary, and Jessica O’Connor, aged 20, Rosebank House, Ballyhar, Killarney, Co Kerry, are both charged with conspiring with another to possess a controlled drug for the purpose of sale or supply to another in Cork City on January 18 and that the drug was colloquially known as N-bomb.

It is anticipated that a date may be set at Cork Circuit Criminal Court for trial by judge and jury.

Alex Ryan, aged 18, from Liscahane, Millstreet, Co Cork, died on January 23. Cork Coroner’s Court heard that the teenager died after consuming the synthetic drug known as N-bomb.

Mr Ryan had been on a life support machine at Cork University Hospital after becoming ill at the house party at St Patrick’s Terrace on Green Street in Greenmount, Cork City. There is no reference to the late Mr Ryan in any of the charges.


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