A CO DONEGAL man with the worst criminal record in Irish and British judicial history is back behind bars.

Eamon Edward John Lynch, 39, from Glentrain in Letterkenny, was jailed at Derry Crown Court.

He now has an astonishing 472 previous criminal convictions.

His latest offences involved a series of road traffic incidents Derry in 2010.

It took the father of eight’s road traffic convictions now stand at 297.

He also has previous multiple convictions for burglary, assault, forgery and drugs offences.

Judge Piers Grant said Lynch’s record was “appalling” and contained the most significant number of convictions ever to come before him.

The court was told Lynch was seen driving a car near Foyle Park which struck two parked cars, two years ago.

The owner of one of the cars recognised him. Lynch ran off and was later seen walking across Craigavon Bridge by the police.

As they approached him, he threw a set of keys into the River Foyle.

He was arrested and when breathalysed was found to be more than twice the legal limit. At the time he had been disqualified from driving until 2023.

The court was told Lynch absconded and moved back to Donegal last year where he committed seven further road traffic offences.

Judge Grant imposed a 28-month jail sentence and told Lynch he would serve 14 months in custody and would be on licence for the other 14 months.


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