Disqualified driver had 465 convictions

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A judge has said a man who admitted driving whilst disqualified has the most convictions that has ever come before him.

Judge Piers Grant made the comment as 39-year-old Eamon Lynch appeared at Derry Crown Court to be sentenced.

Lynch, of Wesley Street, has 465 previous convictions, including 276 for road traffic offences and 114 for driving whilst disqualified. He is currently disqualified from driving until 2023.

The 39-year-old admitted driving whilst disqualified, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, failing to report it, driving whilst unfit and resisting police.

The offences relate to an incident in the Foyle Park area of the city in May 2010, when Lynch crashed into two parked cars five minutes after he bought the vehicle he was driving.

Sentencing the 39-year-old, Judge Grant said he had the “most significant number of convictions that has come before me”.

He said Lynch’s record is “appalling” and shows a “repeated prepardness to drive whilst disqualified” and put “members of the public at risk”.

The 39-year-old received a determinate sentence of 28 months, 14 months of which will be spent in custody with the remainder spent on licence.

He was also disqualified from driving for a further three years.