Armed robber sent north to serve sentence
A DERRY man, serving a 10-year sentence for armed robbery at Portlaoise Prison, has been repatriated to Northern Ireland to serve the rest of his sentence nearer home.
Gardai handed over Dermot McFadden (41) to PSNI officers at Drogheda station. The repatriation was carried out under the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Act.
McFadden, of Kildrum Gardens, Creggan, Derry, was jailed for 10 years by the Special Criminal Court two years ago.
He had pleaded guilty to armed robbery and false imprisonment of a taxi driver in Dublin in June 2010.
The court was told that McFadden was one of three men who produced a gun and forced the taxi driver into the boot of his car before driving to the Park shopping centre at Prussia Street in the north inner city.
The raiders told the driver they were members of the IRA and were on "an operation".
McFadden demanded a cash box from a security guard, who was delivering the money to a post office. The taxi crashed into an army vehicle.
McFadden and an accomplice, Charles Anthony Deery, also from Derry, were arrested in a back room of a funeral home, where gardai found the gun and disguises. The cash box and all of the stolen money, around €30,000, were recovered.
Deery was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment.