A Donegal man going through a homicide trial has appeared in court docket on 15 harmful driving fees.
Alan Vial was delay the highway after he drove a stolen 20 ton lorry 100km throughout Donegal earlier than coming to a cease at Lifford Bridge.
Vial appeared at Letterkenny District Courtroom through video hyperlink from Castlerea Jail, the place he’s in custody awaiting trial having been charged with the homicide of Robert Wilkin, whose physique was discovered off the Sliabh Liag cliffs final summer time.
At a earlier sitting of Ballshannon District Courtroom, Vial was sentenced to eight months in jail after stealing the lorry and driving via the gates of a fish manufacturing facility in Dunkineey on February 23, 2023.
Vial was earlier than Decide Ciaran Liddy on Monday morning on 15 harmful driving fees. The 38-year-old of Drumanoo Head, Killybegs, pleaded responsible to 4 pattern fees.
Sergeant Maurice Doyle informed the court docket that Vial drove the car via a roundabout at Ballymacool, Letterkenny inflicting one other car to take evasive motion.
Vial additionally drove straight via a pink gentle on Pearse Highway, Letterkenny, with out stopping and at Raymoghy, Manorcunningham he was charged with driving the car via a roundabout inflicting a variety of autos to take evasive motion to keep away from a collision.
Vial additionally pleaded responsible to driving a car via a roundabout with out stopping at Lifford Bridge.
Solicitor for Vial, Mr Patsy Gallagher, mentioned the incidents represented ‘a steady act’.
“He’s a very modified man since he went into Castlerea,” Mr Gallagher mentioned. “He’s engaged in full-time schooling and he has achieved a variety of programs. He’s additionally getting assist, doing the related remedy.”
Mr Gallagher mentioned the Courtroom was ‘very effectively conscious’ of an upcoming matter which Vial is going through and added: “He’s definitely a person who has made peace with himself.”
Beforehand, Vial was banned from driving for 5 years for driving with out insurance coverage and was given an eight-month jail sentence for taking the lorry.
The court docket heard that Vial climbed a fence at C Fish in Dunkineely, County Donegal and entered a constructing to acquire the keys to a 20 ton inflexible lorry, After making an unsuccessful try to chop a lock on the gates, Vial drove the car via the gates of the manufacturing facility and made off.
Vial and the car have been subsequently intercepted by gardai at Lifford Bridge.
At Letterkenny District Courtroom, Decide Liddy mentioned he had imposed a sentence which handled the substantive matter. He disqualified Vial from driving for 2 years.
Vial and a co-accused, Nikita Burns (22), of Bundoran Westend Lodging, Westend Magheracar, Bundoran, County Donegal are accused of murdering Robert Wilkin at a spot unknown inside the State on June 25, 2023.
Over 2 hundred witnesses are concerned within the case.
In December, on the Central Prison Courtroom, Mr Justice Paul McDermott fastened a date of January 13, 2025 for the trial, which is predicted to final 4 weeks.
Sliabh Liag homicide accused banned from highway for 2 years for lorry joyride was final modified: January twenty ninth, 2024 by