Man charged with garda
A 24 year old man has
been charged with the manslaughter of a young
Buncrana garda following a fatal road crash last
Martin McDermott of Castlegrove, Raphoe, appeared at
Buncrana District Court on Tuesday where he was
charged with a number of new offences in relation to
the collision that killed Garda Gary McLoughlin on
December 13, 2009.
He was charged with the
manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin, drink driving, and
driving while disqualified on December 13, 2009. He
was also charged with driving with no insurance and
no licence on the same date.
The 24 year old garda officer, from Fenagh, Co
Leitrim, died at Letterkenny General Hospital 24
hours after his patrol car was involved in a
collision with another car at Skeoge, Burt, on the
main Derry to Letterkenny Road.
The defendant was charged last January with
driving causing the
young officer's death.
The book of evidence was served on the defendant on
Tuesday in relation to the dangerous driving causing
death and manslaughter charges.
Judge Seamus Hughes remanded the accused in custody
to Castlerea Prison where he has remained since he
was refused bail at Letterkenny District Court on
January 4. He is due to appear again at Letterkenny
Circuit Court on June 21.