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Escaped garda killer admits PSNI assault

By Brendan McDaid

A Garda killer who escaped from a prison in the Republic has admitted assaulting PSNI officers in Londonderry.

Martin McDermott, from Raphoe in Co Donegal, was sentenced last July to seven years for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin.

He escaped from the low security Loughan House prison in Blacklion, Co Cavan, on Thursday, sparking a cross-border manhunt amid fears he had fled to Northern Ireland.

McDermott was picked up in the Shantallow area of Derry at around 11.15am on Friday and taken in to police custody.

On Saturday, he appeared in court in Derry where he faced charges including three assaults on police officers, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour.

The offences occurred in Altcar Park, Derry on Friday.

The 26-year-old was remanded in custody until later this month. During his appearance, McDermott shouted obscenities at District Judge John Meehan who ordered that he be taken down to the cells.

He was later brought back and charged with misbehaving.

McDermott apologised and said he’d had “a moment”. The district judge accepted the apology and fined McDermott £150.

He was jailed in connection with a high-speed chase in 2009, which ended when he crashed into a patrol car driven by Garda McLoughlin.

Background

McDermott was found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin in Burt, Co Donegal in December 2009.

He was twice over the legal drink-drive limit when he led detectives on a 19-mile pursuit, reaching speeds of around 150kph (93mph), before crashing into another patrol car and killing the young garda.

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