McDermott appeal fails, extradition hearing set for Friday

Martin McDermott who was convicted of killing Garda Gary McLoughlin has been sentenced in Northern Ireland to a four month prison term on foot of a failed appeal.

Martin McDermott who was convicted of killing Garda Gary McLoughlin has been sentenced in Northern Ireland to a four month prison term on foot of a failed appeal.

He was arrested in Derry after absconding from Loughan House open prison in Blacklion, County Cavan where he was eight months into a seven-year sentence for killing Garda McLoughlin when he rammed his car in County Donegal.

McDermott, whose address was given as c/o Maghaberry Prison, Derry, is originally from Donegal,

Judge Piers Grant was told that after his arrest in the Galliagh area of Derry following a cross-border search on the morning of March 22nd, McDermott pleaded guilty to assaulting three PSNI officers, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour.

Appealing the four-month sentence imposed by Derry Magistrates’ Court in March, barrister Sean Doherty, said the injuries sustained by the three PSNI officers were minor.

He said that, as McDermott’s non-contested extradition hearing was due to take place in the High Court in Belfast on Friday, if McDermott was still a sentenced prisoner on that day, the hearing would not be able to go ahead.

Refusing the appeal made by the 26-year-old and affirming the four-month jail sentence, Judge Grant said while McDermott may have had a small record in Northern Ireland, he had 91 previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland including manslaughter, other offences of violence, as well as threatening individuals. He upheld the four month imprisonment term of the district judge, who he said was “quite right” to impose the sentence.

Mr McDermott was given a seven-year jail sentence in July 2011 following his conviction for the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin.

On Friday last Donegal County Council made a posthumous conferral of a Civic Commemorative Honour on Garda McLoughlin.