Motorist is “a danger to others”

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who drove a car into a house was described as a “danger to other people” when he appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

Before the court was Sam Edward James McGinley (29), of Bloomfield Park, who pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, driving without due car and attention, common assault and failing to stop, remain and report the accident on October 27 last year. The court heard he caused £5,000 in structural damage to a house at Cornshell Fields when he crashed his Peugeot car into the front of a house, and he made off from the scene, but came back a short time later and attempted to punch a resident. The punch did not connect.

The court heard he tried to intimidate witnesses into not calling the PSNI and the police found him a short time later at home wearing just his underwear.

A breath sample gave a reading of 96mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. In interview he admitted a long running feud with a man in the area.

Imposing fines of £550 and banning him from driving for 10 years, District Judge McElholm described him as “a danger to other people”.