Man in court on traffic charges

The man suspected of involvement in the roasd collision whih caused the death of Garda Gary McLoughlin, was discharged from hospital yesterday, and brought to court within hours.

24-year-old Martin McDermott appeared before a special sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on foot of warrants for his arrest.

McDermott, of Castlegrove, Raphoe was accused of drink-driving on August, 2008. He was also accused of a public order offence and resisting arrest in Letterkenny on July 7, 2008., and of failing to appear in court in Letterkenny on Janaury 15.

He was not charged with any offence relating to the accident on December 16th which resulted in 24-year-old Gda McLoughlin’s death. Gardai are still investigating that incident.

Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded McDermott in custody to Castlerea Prison to appear again at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court on December 30.

The hearing last evening, during which McDermott was not legally represented, lasted 10 minutes,

Gda McLoughlin, a native of Fenagh, near Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, who was stationed in Buncrana, died in Letterkenny General Hospital 24 hours after a red Opel Astra collided head-on with his patrol car.

McDermott was detained in the same hospital recovering from injuries until shortly after 11.05 a.m.today when he was discharged before being arrested on the warrants.