Disqualified driver has 465 convictions


A man with over 400 previous convictions is to be sentenced tomorrow for driving offences.

Eamon Lynch, whose address was given on court papers as Wesley Street, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance.

The 39 year-old also admitted failing to report an accident or remain at the scene, obstructing and resisting police on May 8, 2010.

Derry Crown Court heard Lynch has 465 previous convictions, including 276 for road traffic offences and 114 for driving whilst disqualified.

He is also disqualified from driving until 2023.

It was revealed that a car driven by Lynch crashed into two parked cars in the Foyle Park area of the city.

Lynch left the scene and as he was walking across the Craigavon Bridge he was spotted by police throwing car keys into the river.

When police spoke to him they smelled alcohol on his breath and Lynch was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

A breath test showed he was over twice the legal limit, with a reading of 87mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

During police interview, Lynch claimed he had bought the car five minutes before he crashed it.

It was revealed to the court that Lynch, who has a 51 page criminal record, left Northern Ireland before his case appeared at the crown court.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but he was not apprehended for nearly two years.

Defence counsel Paul Foster said his client had spent “half of his life under threat of custody or in custody”.

However, he told the court there has been a “slow down” in the 39 year-old’s offending behaviour.

Mr Foster said Lynch knew what he did was wrong, but took the chance to drive.

Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing until tomorrow.