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GARDA REVEALS LAST SECONDS BEFORE COLLEAGUE KILLED IN HORROR ROAD SMASH

first_imgA Garda has revealed the terrifying moments before a car smashed into his patrol car and killed his colleague.Garda Bernard McLaughlin revealed how a car being driven by Martin McDermott “came like a rocket” before it hit them head-on in Burt in December 2009.Garda Gary McLoughlin, 24, died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries. Martin McDermott, 25, denied manslaughter but has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Garda McLoughlin.He has also pleaded not guilty to driving intentionally and in a wreckless manner a wreckless manner but pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.Garda Bernard McLaughlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court how he and Garda McLoughlin had been alerted to a pursuit between an unmarked patrol car and a Vauxhall Astra car on the main Letterkenny to Derry road around 1.15am on December 13th.Garda McLoughlin revealed he and his colleague were trained in operating the Garda ‘stinger’ but were told it was too dangerous to deploy it.Instead they were told to simply get the registration number of the red Vauxhall car.As they drove towards Letterkenny at Lisfannon near Burt, Garda McLaughlin said he noticed a car coming towards them ‘like a rocket.”“I studied it (the car) for a second and realised it was coming straight for us. It was a like a rocket and I can’t put any other word on it.“I shouted at Gary and he tried to pull the steering wheel to the left and into the ditch but we only had a second to the point of impact. It seemed to come like an arrow at our vehicle,” he said.Garda McLaughlin said he remained conscious at all times during the crash.“There was a loud deafening bang and I received an awful blow to the right side of my body. The airbags were deployed and there was dust and charred glass everywhere.“I gathered myself and looked over at Gary and he appeared to be slumped over and seemed lifeless. I called his name and shook him but there was no response and I thought he had passed away,” he revealed.The crash happened when the car being driven by McDermott had been pursued by Garda detectives in an unmarked car for more than 30 kms reaching speeds of up to 170kph after it was seen coming out of The Grove Petrol station in Bridgend.He travelled to Newtowncunningham and then back towards Derry before it crashed with Garda McLoughlin’s patrol car at Lisfannon.Garda forensics officer Kevin Giles revealed how McDermott was thrown across his car and thrown out the passenger window of the car and down the road.Garda Detective Bernard Mullins said he found McDermott on the road and actually thought he was dying at first but later cam around.The accused McDermott was later arrested on January 7th and interviewed by Gardai.Under Garda questioning McDermott said he wished he could turn back the clock on the entire incident.“I’m having nightmares and I feel sorry for Gary’s family and friends – I wish it hadn’t happened. It was just a freak accident.“If I could put back the clock I wouldn’t have got into the car,” he said.The trail before a jury of 8 women and four men is expected to finish before Judge John O’Hagan tomorrow.EndsGARDA REVEALS LAST SECONDS BEFORE COLLEAGUE KILLED IN HORROR ROAD SMASH was last modified: July 20th, 2011 by StephenShare 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

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British Airways suspends pension transfer values for active members

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) has temporarily suspended the provision of transfer values to all its active British Airways Pensions members.The suspension will apply to active members of the airline’s defined benefit (DB) New Airways Pension Scheme (Naps) and the Airways Pension Scheme (Aps), unless the transfer values are being requested for divorce purposes.BA Pensions has implemented the suspension to help maintain service levels while the organisation consults on the closure of Naps to future accrual.If the outcome of BA’s consultation results in the closure of Naps to future accrual, affected members will receive a statement within two months of the potential closure, detailing their Naps pension at the date of closure, as well as the transfer value for the pension. The transfer value will be guaranteed against changes in market conditions for a three-month period.A transfer value equates to the value of a member’s pension benefits that has been converted into a cash sum for the purposes of securing pension benefits in another registered pension scheme. It is paid directly to the new pension provider. DB pension scheme members become entitled to a transfer value once they have ceased pensionable service.In a statement to members, BA wrote: “There is no requirement to provide a transfer value to members who are still building up benefits in the scheme, although we have, until now, provided these to all active members on request. The decision to suspend the provision of transfer values is driven solely by the desire to maintain service levels across all categories of the membership during an exceptionally busy period.”BA declined to comment.last_img read more

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