A drug dealer’s defence solicitor is pleading for his client not to be sent to jail after he fell from a balcony while on holiday and shattered both legs.
Jamie Moylan, from Birkenhead on Merseyside, suffered devastating injuries while in Alanya in Turkey with his girlfriend and daughter.
He was rushed to hospital last September after the late night fall from a hotel balcony.
He underwent emergency surgery, and doctors reportedly told his partner that was in danger of losing his foot.
At one point there was doubt if Moylan, then 26, would ever walk again and his family lunched a fundraising campaign to pay his £20,000 hospital bills and get him home.
On Tuesday, Moylan, now 27, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court, sitting in a wheelchair next to an inaccessible dock, to face sentence.
He had admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply after he was caught in Derby Road in Tranmere on May 26 last year.
And Judge Rachel Smith said because of his previous convictions – which include dealing Class A drugs – prison was a possibility.
John Weate, defending, said his client received a postal requisition to attend court in October and pleaded guilty in December.
He said: "I spoke with Mr Moylan for the first time yesterday and didn't at that stage appreciate the significance of his injuries, which he received when he fell from a balcony and smashed both of his legs. He's been hospitalised and had intensive treatment for some time."
Mr Weate said he was unsure why a pre-sentence report had not been ordered by magistrates, but "given the delay in the case, given the defendant's new circumstances" he now requested one.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Judge Smith asked if there was any information that Moylan had come to the attention of the police since last May, and Kenneth Grant, speaking for the prosecution, said there was not.
The judge said: "I will permit the preparation of a pre-sentence report, although of course your lay client will understand given his antecedent history and the nature of this offence that all sentencing options, including immediate custody, notwithstanding any consequence of the the injuries that he sustained, will remain open."
Mr Weate requested that the case be adjourned until February 11.
He said: "That should be sufficient time to get a note from his GP because the injuries themselves are also self-evident."
Judge Smith said she would grant Moylan conditional bail, with a condition of residence, and adjourn the case for the report to be obtained from the Probation Service and for his solicitors to obtain any necessary medical evidence.
However, she again warned that he could face prison and asked Moylan if he understood, to which he said he did.
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