31 January 2006

Policeman 'drove at children during riot'

Irish Independent

**Via Newshound

Ivan McMichael

AN ex-policeman was fined €600 yesterday for driving a police Land Rover at women and children after rioting broke out at an Orange march.

Alan Alexander Leckey (40), who is no longer in the PSNI, was also banned from driving for 18 months after he was found guilty of dangerous driving.

At Belfast County Court, Judge Piers Grant described Leckey's driving on June 29, 2002, at Springfield Road, West Belfast, as "disgraceful". The judge said he had put at risk women and children when he drove onto waste ground, causing them to scatter.

"It is with some considerable regret that I conclude that the driving has all the appearance of an act designed to frighten, a parting shot to those left behind," the judge said.

The fine and disqualification was the same penalty imposed when Leckey was convicted in 2003. He then appealed the sentence.

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