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Guilty plea Man who killed garda after ploughing into patrol car admits endangering another garda's life

Martin McDermott was jailed for seven years in 2011 for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin

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Martin McDermott at an earlier sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Photo: NW Newspix

Martin McDermott at an earlier sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Photo: NW Newspix

Martin McDermott at an earlier sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Photo: NW Newspix

A man who killed a garda when he ploughed into a patrol car in a stolen vehicle has admitted endangering the life of another garda.

Martin McDermott, who was jailed for seven years in 2011 for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court in Co Donegal today.

The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to the endangerment of Garda Michael Kilcoyne by driving a motor car at him.

The incident happened on April 14, 2020, at Raymoghey, Manorcunningham, when he drove the car at speed directly at Gda Kilcoyne.

Gda Kilcoyne was operating a checkpoint at the time of the incident.

However, no details of the specific incident were given during his arraignment.

McDermott's barrister, Garnet Orange SC, told the court his client wanted to go into custody immediately, which was agreed.

He said that his client has a "complex medical history" and was seeking medical records.

McDermott, who was accompanied by his mother to court, was led away in handcuffs by prison officers.

McDermott killed 24-year-old Gda McLoughlin when he ploughed a stolen Opel Astra into a patrol car at Burt in Co Donegal in 2009.

The court had heard how McDermott had led gardaí on a 30km chase during which he reached speeds of up to 150kph before crashing into Gda McLoughlin's patrol car.

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Originally from Raphoe, McDermott had 91 previous convictions at the time.

He was jailed for seven years in 2011 for the manslaughter of Gda McLoughlin.

He later escaped from prison after serving just four months and went on the run only to be recaptured.
 

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