Man 'could have killed' during crime spree

Published Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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A west Belfast man has been jailed for four years for a crime spree in Derry last year which involved breaking into two houses, stealing two sets of car keys, the vehicles they belonged to and damaging four vehicles.

Man 'could have killed' during crime spree
Police officers smashed a car window to drag Connors out. (© UTV)

David Connors, 23 and from Beechmount Avenue in Belfast, went to the Maiden City on 6 May last year to visit a former inmate he had befriended in jail.

Connors, who had 62 previous convictions, broke into a house at Rosemount Gardens and stole a set of car keys and a Vauxhall Astra car.

He crashed the car into a parked jeep at Creggan Road.

He then returned to the Rosemount area and broke into a second house and again stole a set of keys this time for a Volkswagen Passat car.

Connors returned to the scene of the original car crash at Creggan Road and rammed a recovery truck containing the damaged jeep, forcing a police officer to jump out of the way.

He then drove off at speed chased by the police and ploughing through a crash barrier at Creggan Link Road onto the top of a hedge.

The police found him with a box of beer on his lap sitting inside the car.

Even though all four wheels were off the ground, Connors revved the engine and tried to drive off.

However, the police used their batons to smash the driver side window and pulled him out of the car.

A defence barrister said Connors had an IQ in the lowest two percent of the adult population and the reading ability of a primary three schoolchild.

Judge Philip Babington described Connor's criminality as a spiral of idiocy.

"You broke into two houses, stole two cars and damaged four vehicles and left a trail of destruction behind you. The people of this city are entitled to be protected from people like you.

"You could have killed several people by your behaviour on this night," he said.

As well as jailing Connors for four years, Judge Babington also disqualified him from driving for seven years.

© UTV News
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