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Derry man with 474 convictions - including 276 road offences - jailed again

An Ulsterman with 474 previous convictions, one of the longest criminal records in Ireland and the UK, has been jailed again.

Eamonn Lynch, (43), with an address at Glentain Manor, Letterkenny, was jailed for five months for his role in two burglaries in Co Donegal in 2012 and 2014.

The father of eight, originally from Derry, also has 276 convictions for road offences, 114 of them for driving whilst disqualified.

He pleaded guilty when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court to thefts in Donegal while he was living in this jurisdiction.

Detective Sergeant Michael Galvin said Lynch and another man were caught on CCTV as they stole a generator from the rear of Bradley’s shop at Crossroads, Killygordon on September 6, 2012.

At 4am on July 18, 2014, Lynch and two other men had broken into the home of Kevin Doherty in St Johnston and stolen a Toshiba laptop and two mobile phones.

They also stole car keys and house keys from a car parked outside another house in the area

However members of a local community alert scheme raised the alarm and Lynch was later arrested as he tried to escape across nearby fields.

Lynch was later given bail.

His solicitor Frank Dorrian said Lynch had a history of problems with drugs and alcohol.

Judge Paul Kelly jailed Lynch for a total of five months for burglary and theft.

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