Man, 62, charged with cutting engine wires on rally car – Donegal Daily

A man has been charged with causing criminal damage to a rally car belonging to a Donegal International Rally competitor.

John Crothers, 62, appeared in a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court charged with damaging rally driver Richard Hall’s car.

Mr. Hall was scheduled to participate in the History section of the rally.

The accused, of Ballynashee Road, Glenwherry, Ballymena, County Antrim, faces a total of three counts.

All charges are believed to have taken place in Ballyraine, Letterkenny on June 18, 2022.

Crothers is accused of having, without lawful excuse, damaged property, namely, cutting off the fuel pump switch, the fan switch, three rev limiter wires and the safety switch of a car motorized, a Ford Escort, owned by Richard Hall, intending to damage such property or not caring whether such property would be damaged.

Crothers is further charged with uttering a threat with the intent to make Mr Hall believe she would be executed, damage to property, namely a motor vehicle, a Ford Escort rally car.

The defendant is also charged with having, without lawful authority or reasonable cause, interfered with the mechanism of a mechanically propelled vehicle, owned by Mr. Hall, while such a vehicle was stationary.

Garda Maeve Logue gave evidence to Crothers’ arrest at 10.15am on Saturday in Ballyraine,

Crothers was transported to Letterkenny Garda station, where he was charged at 5.48pm with an offense contrary to section 2(1) of the Criminal Damages Act 1991.
Crothers made no response after the warning.

Sergeant Jim Collins said the case requires direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions and further charges could be laid.

Bail was granted with a number of conditions. The accused posted a cash bond of €495. Crothers had to provide Gardaí with a telephone number on which he can be reached.

He must not interfere with or contact, directly or indirectly, Mr. Hall or any of his equipment.

Legal aid was granted to the lawyer, Me Rory O’Brien.

Judge Éiteáin Cunningham adjourned the case until September 5.

62-year-old man charged with cutting rally car engine wires was last modified: June 18, 2022 by Personal editor

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