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Two years for man who drove car into crowd

By George Jackson

A motorist who admitted driving his car at speed into a crowd of people outside a garage forecourt two years ago in a “revenge attack” has been jailed for two years.

Paul McBride (32) committed the offences at Abercorn Road in Londonderry in the early hours of April 5, 2010.

Judge Piers Grant said McBride, from Gortree in Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal, deliberately veered his people carrier at speed into the crowd, hitting three men and throwing them into the air after he had been involved in an earlier scuffle outside a nearby bar.

At the city's Crown Court yesterday, McBride pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, attempted grievous bodily harm, failing to stop after an accident involving injury, failing to report the accident and driving while disqualified.

The judge said it was only by good fortune that the three victims had sustained soft tissue injuries and had not received much more serious injuries.

McBride, who has 14 previous convictions, seven of them for motoring offences, was also disqualified for three years.

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