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Woman engaged to marry the man who stole her car and crashed it

By George Jackson

A man who stole a woman's car and crashed it, has now become engaged to the same woman.

A defence solicitor told the Magistrate's Court in Londonderry yesterday that Mark McMullen (30), from Kavanagh Court in the Ballymagroarty area of the city, will marry the car theft victim in April.

District Judge Barney McElholm heard that on August 15 of last year, McMullen's then ex-partner asked him to look after her home and to check on her post when she went on a holiday with their two children.

However, when she returned home from her holiday, she noticed damage to the front bumper of her car.

She confronted McMullen and he admitted to her that he'd taken her car without her permission and driven it towards Belfast where he was involved in a damage-only road traffic accident at Toomebridge. McMullen offered to pay to have the damage repaired but his then ex-partner declined his offer and instead reported the matter to the police.

The defendant was arrested and during his police interview he admitted taking the woman's car without her permission and driving it without insurance.

The court also heard that in June last year police spotted McMullen in the driver's seat of a car at traffic lights at the junction of Bishop Street and Abercorn Road, using his mobile phone and without a seat belt.

He was also uninsured at the time.

Mr McElholm imposed a three-month jail sentence - suspended for eighteen months - and disqualified McMullen from driving also for eighteen months.

The judge further fined McMullen £200 and warned him if he was ever convicted of driving without insurance again he would be going to jail.

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