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Man jailed for joyride in stolen van

By Eamonn MacDermott

A man who was the passenger in a stolen bread van that struck a police vehicle has been jailed for six months.

Shaun Coyle (31) of Cashel Hill Park in Londonderry admitted aggravated vehicle-taking leading to dangerous driving on November 1 last year.

The court heard the stolen van struck a police vehicle on the Letterkenny Road causing some £2,600 worth of damage.

It then mounted the footpath and undertook two cars, before turning into Quarry Street, and two males were seen getting out and running away.

After he was arrested, Coyle claimed he had merely thumbed a lift in the van.

Defence counsel Stephen Mooney said it was accepted that Coyle was a passenger in the van.

He accepted that Coyle had been "unhelpful" in not naming the driver but he had concerns about doing so.

District Judge Barney McElholm sentenced Coyle to six months in prison.

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