10 Aug 2022

Suspended jail sentence for wasting police time

A man who admitted wasting police time by claiming a car had been stolen has been given a suspended jail sentence at Derry Magistrate's Court. Darren Dunn (19), of Claremont Street in Derry, admitted wasting police time, permitting someone to drive with no insurance or driving licence on 18 January last year. The court was told that police noticed a car parked in Rosskeen Park and when they went to approach it, it made off at speed. Police followed and the car was seen to turn into a cul-de-sac which police proceeded to block. Police recognised the driver as an associate of Dunn's and Dunn was believed to be in the passenger seat. The car then tried to exit the cul-de-sac but couldn't due to the pice vehicle so it then turned up onto the pavement and onto a grass verge ignoring pedestrians who were in the area. Police called at the home of the driver who was not in. They then received a report from Dunn that he had bought a car but it had been stolen from outside his door. A defence solicitor said his client now accepted he had wasted police time and had allowed the car to be driven by someone with no insurance or licence. He said his behaviour had been 'inappropriate'. District Judge Barney McElholm said Dunn had "a very bad record for driving" and sentenced him to four months in prison suspended for two years, fined him £600 and disqualified him for nine months.

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