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Video footage, which was widely circulated on social media, showed a man attach the scooter to the back of a car before driving off.

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Cathair Hughes

Cathair Hughes

Cathair Hughes

This is the man charged in connection with an incident where a mobility scooter was stolen, tied to a car and driven round a country road.

Cathair Hughes of Blackbog Road in Greencastle, Co Tyrone, was charged with stealing the mobility scooter worth £570, damaging the scooter, dangerous driving and driving while using a hand-held mobile phone.

He is alleged to have committed the offences on October 24.

The 22-year-old is accused of taking the scooter - which had to be destroyed - from outside a shop in Ballygawley and appeared earlier this month at Omagh Magistrates Court.

Video footage, which was widely circulated on social media, showed a man attach the scooter to the back of a car before driving off.

In a second video, which was taken inside the car, a number of men can be heard laughing.

The vehicle was then seen to pull to the side of the road, where the scooter was unattached before it was pushed over as the men could be heard laughing.

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Mobility scooter from outside a shop in Ballygawley in October

Mobility scooter from outside a shop in Ballygawley in October

Mobility scooter from outside a shop in Ballygawley in October

A PSNI spokesman said at the time the scooter was "found damaged beyond repair" before adding: "This was obviously a very distressing ordeal for the victim."

At the time, SDLP councillor Sharon McAleer branded what had happened "immature and reckless".

"The whole community was disgusted by the act," she said.

"The man is well got. He is an older member of the community and doesn't do anyone any harm. People are very annoyed for him.

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"That anyone would target anyone with a disability, carry out any action like that. It was just a terrible act."

Ms McAleer said the community was now "just glad" that the man had received a replacement scooter.

Cathair Hughes will appear back before Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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