Community service for Dungannon man who drove off without paying for £10.02 of fuel

Dungannon Courthouse
Dungannon Courthouse

A Dungannon man who admitted to driving off without paying for £10.02 of fuel whilst using a rental vehicle, has been ordered to complete 80 hours community service by a judge.

The court heard how on May 26 2014, Patrick McDonagh of Lisnahull Gardens failed to pay for the fuel at Eurospar in Moy.

When police investigated they found that it was registered to Gormley Motors - who said it was on loan to 31-year-old McDonagh.

During police interview the defendant said he could not remeber the incident as he had just been discharged from hospital.

In his defence, counsel pleaded for leniency as “little or no planning, or sophistication was involved” in the crime.

They also said McDonagh had repaid the money, though when Judge Meehan questioned this, the prosecution said that Gormley’s had paid for the fuel. He must also repay Gormleys.