Man with ‘worst record’ jailed for four months

A judge has jailed a man with the worst record he has ever seen, for four months.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he had never seen a worse criminal record than that of 35-year-old Mark Terrence Convey who has over 500 previous convictions.

The judge added that he was ‘not sure there is another record like this in the jurisdiction’.

Convey, of Winchester Park, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance on December 22, last year.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 35-year-old has 576 previous convictions and 519 of these are connected to driving offences.

Convey was stopped driving in the Eglinton area and a breath test showed Convey had 81mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over two times the legal limit.

The 35-year-old was also a disqualified driver at the time.

A defence solicitor told the court it was accepted his client has a ‘horrendous’ record, but said the last driving offence was committed in 2009.

Jailing and disqualifying Convey from driving, District Judge McElholm said ‘my primary duty is to protect the public’ and every time the 35-year-old ‘gets into a car he is a potential risk of harm’.