Derry brothers who left ‘trail of damage’ jailed for six years

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

The courthouse at Bishop Street, Derry.

Two brothers who left a ‘trail of damage across the community’ and put people in fear have been jailed for six years.

Michael Martin Carlin (24), of Deramore Drive, Strathfoyle and his 20-year-old brother Andrew, whose address was given as c/o Hydebank, pleaded guilty to a ‘trail of offending’ in November 2014.

They pleaded guilty to a total of 42 offences which include possession of an imitation firearm, attempted robbery, attempted hijacking and aggravated burglary.

Michael Carlin also admitted a number of driving offences.

All the offences were committed in the Galliagh and Shantallow areas over a six-hour period.

Derry Crown Court heard both men carried out the crime spree while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

They had an imitation firearm in their possession during the incident and at one stage had a baseball bat and a machete which was used to cause damage to property.

The brothers will serve half their sentence in custody and half in their licence in the community.

Jailing the Carlin’s, Judge Philip Babington said there is ‘no doubt’ their behaviour caused fear to ‘innocent members of the public who were innocently going about their every day business’.

He added ‘this trail of offending on the evening of November 18, 2014 left a trail of damage across the local community, put people in fear and two people at least sustained actual physical injury albeit of a minor nature.

“This was done without any regard to the civilised values of the community. Those affected, no doubt, had to spend many hours and days getting over what had happened and having property and vehicles repaired with presumably cost to themselves.”

The judge also made reference to the ‘fortutude and resolve of several members of the public which was in contrast to the cowardly and bullying behaviour of the defendants’.

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