Sign-on condition suspended for cop killer

April 21, 2020

BAIL conditions for Garda killer Martin McDermott have been relaxed due to the Covid-19 measures.

McDermott (aged 34) of Abbey Park in Manorcunningham appeared at Letterkenny District Court on a number of charges, including the alleged assaulting of a Garda.

On April 14, McDermott was charged with two counts of dangerous driving, drink-driving, having no driving licence, assault and resisting arrest at Magherahmore, Manorcunningham.

Solicitor for McDermott, Mr Patsy Gallagher, asked the court to consider suspending a condition where McDermott is required to sign on daily at Letterkenny Garda Station.

“My client does not have transport at the moment,” Mr Gallagher said.

“It is an unusual situation, this. He has less public transport due to the Covid-19 measures. He is living in Manor, under effective house arrest. That is what he’s doing and he is otherwise complying with bail conditions.”

McDermott has already served a sentence for the manslaughter of 24-year-old Garda Gary McLaughlin in December 2009.

Judge Paul Kelly agreed to a suspension of the signing-on condition, which would resume immediately upon the lifting of the restrictions.

McDermott still has to obey a curfew between 9pm and 9am and is not permitted to drive a car.

A file is with the Director of Public Prosecutions for direction and the case was adjourned until May 11.