Saturday 12 July 2014

Jail suspended for youth who drove at garda

Published 30/01/2013|05:00

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A MAN who drove his car at a garda sergeant in a "mirror image" of a previous incident in which an officer was killed has been freed by a judge.

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Owen Orr (20), of St Johnston, Co Donegal, was given a three-year jail term suspended for three years at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

He was charged with endangerment after Sgt Eunan Walsh had to jump into a garden to avoid being mown down when Orr, then 17, drove at him in Letterkenny in 2010.

Judge John O'Hagan said at the last hearing: "A similar incident occurred here in Co Donegal and a garda lost his life. The car didn't miss – it hit him."

Gda Robbie McCallion died when he was hit by a car during an attempted robbery in Letterkenny in March 2009.

Irish Independent

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