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Career criminal stole motorbike on test drive

A career criminal with 402 convictions was jailed for 12 months at the Crown Court in Londonderry yesterday after he admitted stealing a motorcycle he had been invited to test drive.

Darren Raymond Lennox (35), address care of Maghaberry Prison, was spotted by the police driving the stolen motorcycle around the Waterside area of Derry last July 21, 10 days after he'd stolen it from Miller's Mortorcycle Shop in Ardstraw.

Judge Piers Grant was told the salesman also gave Lennox a helmet and jacket for the test drive.

The Suzuki GSXR 1000 was found in an alleyway with the helmet and jacket following a police pursuit. The £6,000 vehicle was not damaged and was later sold.

Lennox, who was near the end of a four-year jail term for fraud when he appeared in court yesterday, also admitted driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

As well as the 12-month jail sentence, which Lennox will serve in full, he'll be on licence for 18 months after his release.

Judge Grant also banned Lennox from driving for a further 10 years, which he said “starts right now” and fined him £500.

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