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Scumbag who killed garda charged with driving and drugs offences

Martin McDermott
Martin McDermott

The scumbag responsible for the death of Garda Gerry McLoughlin in 2009 is back in court again, this time for drugs and driving offences.

Garda McLoughlin died in hospital 24 hours after Martin McDermott, who had 91 previous convictions, rammed his patrol car in Burt in December 2009.

Garda Gary McLoughlin

The native of Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, was just 24 years old.

McDermott (31) was speeding towards Derry when he steered his stolen Opel Astra into Garda McLoughlin's patrol car.

He was jailed for seven years in July 2011 after being found guilty of manslaughter.

There was uproar when he escaped from the low-security open prison at Loughan House in Co Cavan just eight months later.

He had just 14 days added to his prison sentence for that escape.

When rearrested in Derry eight days after his escape, he assaulted PSNI officers and was jailed for four months in the North for that and for resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour before being extradited back to Ireland.

When he was returned to jail in the Republic of Ireland, McDermott was disciplined at least 10 times for bad behaviour which included threatening other inmates as well as prison officers and being caught in possession of prohibited items.

Martin McDermott

McDermott appeared before Derry Magistrates Court yesterday, along with 35-year-old Gary Dobbins charged with four drug charges linked to the seizure of 5,600 diazepam tablets, as well as conspiring with two other men to supply the tablets.

Both men are alleged to have committed the offences on March 26 of this year.

McDermott is also charged with offering to supply or sell Lyrica and with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance on the same day.

Dobbins is also charged with driving without insurance and while disqualified, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop for a police officer.

Opposing bail, a PSNI officer said that McDermott had 99 previous criminal convictions in the Republic and 11 in Northern Ireland.

"He was disqualified from driving for 20 years in the Republic of Ireland following the death of a Garda colleague yet he continues to drive without having a driver's licence," she told the court.

The officer told the court that the drugs raids were carried out following an investigation into large amounts of diazepam which were intercepted by Royal Mail staff.

The police witness said 5,600 diazepam tablets posted to McDermott's home address were intercepted by the police in September last year.

McDermott's home address was searched on October 21 last year and police found a box containing information leaflets relating to diazepam patches.

The court refused bail to both men, saying that he did not think they would stop offending if released.