first_imgThe burnt out bus from April 2012A plasterer who stole a Lough Swilly bus and drove it through the village green in Malin just days before Tidy Town judges were due to visit has handed over €5,000 to the committee in court today.Darragh Canny, 23, from Effishmore, Gleneely, pleaded guilty to five charges relating to THREE different incidents involving the theft of Lough Swilly buses from the company’s depot in Carndonagh in 2011 and 2012. He faced four counts of taking a vehicle and one of criminal damage.CCTV had helped gardai track Canny when he and a friend took two buses from Carn in June 2012 and drove in convoy to Malin.Canny admitted driving one of the buses around the village green before he and a friend abandoned the buses, Sgt Carol Doherty told the court.He also admitted being part of a gang which stole a bus which was later found burnt out in Culdaff in April the same year, though a report found that the bus had caught fire and had not been set on fire.When he was questioned by gardai Canny admitted his role in both incidents and went on to admit his role in another bus theft in May 2011 from the same depot.Sgt Doherty said all the incidents had caused huge disruption to the Lough Swilly Bus Company which has since folded. The cost to the operator of the incidents was estimated at more than €40,000.In the Malin incident a local garda had found the two buses abandoned just after 7am on June 13, 2012.“One was reversed into a lane and the other bus was put across the road,” she said.Canny told gardai that in Malin incident he had spent the night in Simpson’s Bar in Carndonagh.After they stole the buses, Canny admitted to gardai: “It was my idea to drive to Malin. I drove over the kerb and we just went round and round in circles.”Canny had expressed deep remorse to gardai and had given compensation to the Tidy Towns committee of €150 which was all he could afford at the time. He also apologised to the committee and did voluntary work for them.He was now working again, the court heard, and had saved up €5,000.“I am very sorry for what I’ve done,” he told gardai.“I am not that sort of person at all. Drink doesn’t agree with me.”Judge John Aylmer said it was clear that Canny had been involved in ‘high jinks’. He was clearly remorseful and had been assessed as being of low risk of re-offending.Canny had no previous convictions and had shown from his efforts in raising €5,000 genuine remorse for his actions.He sentenced Canny to five 12-month concurrent prison sentences but suspended them for a period of 12 months.Asked if he would sign a €100 bond to keep the peace, Canny replied: “One hundred per cent.”Canny then thanked the judge before leaving court.MALIN TIDY TOWNS TO GET €5,000 FROM MAN WHO DROVE LOUGH SWILLY BUS THROUGH VILLAGE GREEN was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more