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"Alex has paid his price for his choices. The sentences they were given is a mockery"

The sister of 18-year-old Alex Ryan has spoken out about sentences handed down to those who supplied the N-bomb drug.

Alex Ryan
Alex Ryan
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THE SISTER OF a Cork teenager who died in January after taking N-Bomb has strongly criticised the sentences handed down to those who supplied the drug, saying it sent the wrong message to other young people.

Alex Ryan, from Millstreet, was hospitalised after ingesting a powerful psychoactive drug 25I-NBOMe - known as N-Bomb – at a house party in Cork.

He died after spending a number of days in the intensive care unit at Cork University Hospital.

Three people pleaded guilty to different charges of supplying N-Bomb following an investigation.

Today, 29-year-old Harry Clifton from St Finbarr’s Place, Proby’s Quay in Cork was jailed for six months.

20-year-old Jessica O’Connor, from Ballyhar in Killarney, and 22-year-old Ruairi Maher from Ballycurrane in Thurles received two year suspended sentences.

Speaking to Patricia Messinger on C103′s Cork Today Show, Nicole Ryan said that the sentences “sent out the wrong message”.

“Alex has paid his price for the choices he made, but the sentences they were given is a mockery, really,” Ryan said.

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The court case this week has made the whole family relive the experience again. ”It’s been a tough week for us all,” she added.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Cork councillor Kenneth O’Flynn said the sentences “left a sour taste for the people of this city”.

He said that sentences needed to act as a deterrent for others not to commit the same offence.

“It’s about time we had a review of sentencing in this country,” O’Flynn added.

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