Dad who shattered legs on ‘dream’ family holiday is drug dealer facing prison

Jamie Moylan, then 26, in hospital in Turkey after shattering both of his legs (Image: Liverpool Echo)

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A drug dealer who shattered both his legs in a holiday balcony fall could face jail.

Young dad Jamie Moylan suffered devastating injuries while on a 'dream' family holiday in Turkey.

He had been in Alanya with his girlfriend and daughter last September when he plummeted off the balcony.

The 27-year-old, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, had gone to say goodbye to friends in the early hours but toppled off and plunged to the ground, reports the Liverpool Echo.

He was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery, after doctors reportedly told his partner initially they were going to have to amputate his foot.

Jamie Moylan, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, outside court with leg braces on and crutches
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

At that stage it was not known whether he would ever walk again and his family said they were trying to raise enough money to pay the hospital bills and get him home.

On Tuesday, Moylan appeared at Liverpool Crown Court, sitting in a wheelchair next to an inaccessible dock, to face sentence.

Moylan had admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply after he was caught in Tranmere on May 26 last year.

Judge Rachel Smith said because of his previous convictions – which include dealing Class A drugs – prison was a possibility.

An X-ray of the dad's broken legs
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

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."

His legs were severely swollen after the plunge
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

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.

Judge Smith asked if there was any information that Moylan had come to the attention of the police since last May, to which Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said there was not.

The judge said she would allow a pre-sentence report to be prepared but warned jail-time remained a possibility, despite his injuries.

Moylan's legs were badly injured in the fall
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

She told Mr Weate: "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 to give his client time to get a doctor's note about his injuries.

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.