Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Garda's killer in court for motoring offences

The killer of an Irish police officer has been fined £700 in a Londonderry court after admitting a number of motoring offences in the city in November 2009.

THE killer of an Irish police officer has been fined £700 in a Londonderry court after admitting a number of motoring offences in the city in November 2009.

Martin McDermott was jailed for seven years in July 2011 for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin.

The officer died after the car he was driving was struck at speed by a car driven by McDermott at Burt in Co Donegal just one month after the Derry motoring offences.

McDermott (26) was serving his sentence at the low-security Loughan House prison in Blacklion, Co Cavan, when he absconded on March 15 this year.

He was arrested in Derry days later and is currently serving a sentence in Maghaberry prison.

In court yesterday his solicitor Seamus Quigley told District Judge Barney McElholm that McDermott was due to be extradited to the Republic within days.

A prosecution lawyer said McDermott admitted to driving without a licence and without insurance and also admitted giving false information to the police in Derry on November 10, 2009.

The judge fined McDermott £700 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.

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