Gary Donnelly sentenced to six months for damaging city’s walls

Councillor Gary Donnelly.
Councillor Gary Donnelly.
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A member of Derry’s new super council has been jailed for six months for damaging the city walls.

Gary Donnelly, of Iniscarn Road, was convicted of criminal damage to the historic walls on February 1.

The 43-year-old was elected the to the super council in recent local elections.

His co-accused 56-year-old Terry Porter and 51-year-old William Anthony Liam Brogan, both of Carnhill, were also jailed for six months.

District Judge Barney McElholm had adjourned sentencing for the men to pay over £2,000 for cleaning the damage.

However, the court was told the money had not been paid.

Defence solicitor Paddy McDermott sais of Donnelly received more than a three month sentence he would lose his seat on the council and his voters would be disenfranchised.

Judge McElholm said his main aim was for restitution to be paid so tax payers would not bear the cost.

He said he had no wish to disenfranchise Donnelly’s voters but ‘I cannot let that affect my judgement with regard to my appropriate sentence.

‘The sentence flows as a consequence of the actions of the accused’.

All three men have been released on bail pending appeal.