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22/09/2021

Derry man in bloodstained Celtic top handed himself in after causing £6,000 of damage in drunken crash

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A Derry man will be sentenced next month for a series of driving offences which resulted in damage to road furniture valued at more than £6,000. Darren Sheerin (35) of O'Casey Court in Derry appeared at the local Magistrate's Court where he faced a series of driving offences including driving while unfit and aggravated vehicle taking on January 1. The court heard that at 6am police received a report of an road traffic accident at Beallachmor Lower where a male driver was said to have run off. They investigated and found a car with damage to the front, damage to a crash barrier and a lamp post had been knocked over. Police were told that the driver had been wearing a green and white Celtic top and had been bleeding. A short time later the defendant's mother contacted police to say her son wanted to hand himself in for the accident. When police went to the address they found Sheerin 'clearly intoxicated' with cuts on his arm and wearing a bloodstained shirt. The car belonged to a friend of the defendant. The court was told that the total damage due to the accident was put at more than £6,000. District Judge Barney McElholm said that due to the amount of damage caused a pre-sentence report was required. Sheerin will be sentenced on October 12.

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