Belfast Telegraph

Garda killer who fled jail fails in his appeal bid

By George Jackson

Garda killer Martin McDermott has failed in his attempt to appeal against a four-month jail term for offences committed during his arrest in Londonderry following a cross-border police hunt.

McDermott, who received a seven-year jail sentence in July last year for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin, absconded from a low security prison in Co Cavan in March.

The 26-year-old, whose address was given as care of Maghaberry Prison in Lisburn, Co Antrim, appeared in court in Derry yesterday.

He was arrested in the city on March 16 and jailed for four months when he pleaded guilty to assaulting three PSNI officers, resisting police, damaging handcuffs and disorderly behaviour.

At the appeal hearing yesterday, McDermott’s barrister, Sean Doherty, said the injuries sustained by the officers were “minor and non-permanent nor were they premeditated”.

Refusing the appeal, Judge Piers Grant said McDermott had a lengthy criminal record and the sentence was “quite right”.

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