Garda NEWA MAN has admitted a series of offences in which a local garda was injured during a dangerous drink-drive incident.

Paul McGillian, from Ard Caoin in Manorcunningham, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

The 31-year-old admitted causing injury to Garda Michael Kilcoyne on July 25, 2015 at Larkin’s Lane in Letterkenny.

He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drink-driving and failing to have insurance on his northern-registered car.

McGillian also admitted failing to have a valid driving license.

It emerged in court that McGillian has already been banned from driving.

Judge John O’Hagan asked barrister for the DPP Patricia McLaughlin if she wished a drive ban to begin yesterday as McGillian had pleaded guilty.

Ms McLaughlin said McGillian was already banned from driving.

Judge O’Hagan told Ms McLaughlin that Garda Kilcoyne, who suffered a leg injury in the incident, should be invited to make a victim impact statement and he should also be given the opportunity of giving evidence at a sentencing hearing in October.

McGillian was released on bail until the sentencing hearing in the autumn.


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