Monday 22 January 2018

Notorious garda killer has new driving charge dismissed

Jamie McGrenghan
Jamie McGrenghan

Stephen Maguire

A notorious garda killer accused of driving at another garda just months after being released from prison has seen the case dismissed after claiming he was at home in bed texting friends.

Jamie McGrenaghan was sentenced to seven years in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Garda Robbie McCallion at Tara Court, Letterkenny, Co Donegal in 2009.

Mr McGrenaghan, who was released in 2015, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with dangerous driving. The alleged offence took place on September 18, 2015, months after his release from jail.

The court heard how Garda Austin Marron pursued a silver Volkswagen Golf on the night in question after he saw it travelling at great speed. He was parked on the Shore Road in Ramelton and the car accelerated towards him before veering away at the last minute. Gda Marron pursued the car, but lost sight of it.

Gda Marron said he was "100pc sure" it was Jamie McGrenaghan who was driving the car.

Mr McGrenaghan said he spent the evening of September 18, 2015 on Facebook and Viber and watched some television.

Judge Paul Kelly said he thought it was unsafe to convict Mr McGrenaghan and dismissed the case.

Irish Independent

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