COURT HEARS OF RAMMING INCIDENTS DURING “COMPLETELY DAFT” TELEPORTER CHASE ON BORDER ROADS

26 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A YOUNG MAN who was involved in a dramatic chase across Border roads after stealing a JCB “teleporter” from the grounds of a national school was given the benefit of having charges of theft and dangerous driving dismissed under the Probation Act when he paid €12,500 in compensation.

At last week’s sitting of Monaghan Circuit Criminal Court, Judge John O’Hagan told the defendant that his behaviour on the occasion was disgraceful as well as “completely daft”.

The court was told of how 25-year-old Aidan McNamee of 11 Carraig Way, Cullyhanna, Co Armagh was chased by other vehicles after an employee of the JCB machine’s owner recognised the sound of its engine as it was being driven past the house he was in. The owner and another man subsequently tried to stop the large industrial vehicle as it travelled along roads in the Inniskeen area, and the vans they were driven were rammed on a number of occasions during the episode.

Both the teleporter itself and the vehicles trying to stop were substantially damaged, but McNamee was eventually stopped and apprehended by the men who were in pursuit.

At Tuesday’s sitting of the court, Judge O’Hagan was told that McNamee was pleading…

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