Convicted Garda-killer Martin McDermott is back on the road after winning a car in a raffle.
McDermott, 29, killed innocent Garda Gary McLoughlin, 24, when he ploughed a stolen Opel Astra car into his Garda patrol car at Burt in 2009.
McDermott, who had 91 previous convictions, was jailed for 7 years in 2011 after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLaughlin, aged 24, in 2011.
McDermott, originally from Raphoe, was also banned from driving for 20 years.
But now the Irish Sun is reporting how the Garda killer is back behind the wheel after winning a friend’s Ford Focus car in a raffle with a €25 ticket.
McDermott is crossing the border between his base in Derry and Donegal where he is originally from.
A former friend of McDermott told the newspaper “It’s just disgrace that he is getting away with this when that poor Garda is cold in the grave and McDermott is running around in a car when he is banned.
“I’m sure that poor Garda’s family are reading his Facebook page and reading all this stuff about him winning this car. It’s just disgusting that this is happening.”
Gardai are seeking to interview McDermott after he fled from Letterkenny General Hospital after crashing a friend’s car near the village of Drumkeen last August while banned from driving.
He was hospitalised after suffering back injury but fled Letterkenny University Hospital and settled in Derry.
In March, 2012 McDermott fled Loughlin House in Cavan but was recaptured in Derry where he assaulted PSNI officers.
The then Justice Minister Alan Shatter was forced to apologise over the bungling decision to put Raphoe man McDermott in Loughlan House.
McDermott was freed from Midlands Prison in June last year, but he didn’t return to Raphoe.
McDermott was freed 21 months early for “good behaviour”.
He received just an extra fortnight behind bars for his prison escape.Tags: