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Defendant had 'cavalier attitute' to rules of road

By Eamonn MacDermott

Gary McGillion showed "a cavalier attitude towards motoring laws", the court heard yesterday.

Judge Philip Babington sentenced McGillion to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, and disqualified him from driving for five years, for causing the death of Eugene O'Brien in Newtownstewart in 2016.

Referring to the victim's family, the judge said: "Nothing that this court can either say or do can in any way lessen their sadness and devastation at their loss."

The case was aggravated, the judge said, by McGillion's previous convictions and by the fact that he had been convicted in 2018 of careless driving, causing a collision.

In one of the reports drawn up on the defendant, it was stated that he displayed "a cavalier attitude towards motoring laws".

A pre-sentence report said McGillion had expressed "genuine remorse".

The judge said of McGillion and his wife: "Both were badly injured in the Omagh bomb atrocity and both have undergone lengthy medical treatment which continues to this day.

"There is no doubt that the defendant may have experienced significant trauma in his life, but he caused very great grief to the O'Brien family circle."

The judge said it was concerning that McGillion had admitted he had difficulties at times in concentrating.

Imposing the sentence, Judge Babington said that while the custody threshold was passed, there was "very considerable mitigation, especially of a personal nature".

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